Do you know that almost one out of five people are dealing with some issues of anxiety? Anxiety related issues need not be a disease that are hidden from other people. With this many people going through the same problems we should able to share our personal experiences and help people dealing with anxieties.
For anxiety to reach clinical level of severity it usually follows a set sequence of progressions.
Any life event that introduce stress into our life could become the originator of anxiety problems. Many people acknowledge stressful situations and successfully deal with them. It is when we pretend that the stress does not exist that we can get into trouble.
Suppression of Negative Emotions
Perhaps we have been taught that we must persevere to combat through challenges, or that we must be strong in all conditions. This could cause us to sweep the stress under the rug. The accumulated stress, tension, and anxiety are still present, but they are held back by the strength of our will. In the short term this approach allows us to combat through difficulties. However, we can only hold back stress for a limited amount of time until all that hidden emotions come back out with great force.
When we suffer a performance failure due to exposed anxiety we can come under a pattern of thinking called “Negative Self-Talk”. Some of it can even sound logical. If we had difficulty performing under one condition, such as hiding a bus, then we might believe that we will always have difficulties riding a bus. Such negative self-talks can make our anxieties worse than what it might have been.
An Incidence of Panic Attack
When we face unbearable stressful situations there is a chance that we can suffer a physical reaction known as a panic attack. I remember one time I had a panic attack on the university campus. I was just walking toward my next class, but I noticed some students looking at me. I must have thought they found me abnormal in some ways. A sudden fear gripped me, and I felt an unbearable panic building up. I just had to get out of that situation in a hurry.
With the experience of a panic attack, suffers of anxiety disease starts to avoid certain activities that have previously triggered panic attacks. However, coping by hiding does not really address some of the root issues.
Treatments are Usually Effective
Fortunately, once people with anxiety problems seek professional help they can find effective treatments. There are medications that eases panic symptoms. Often an experienced psychologist can treat anxiety disease without medications. We just need to learn to deal properly the factors that are the source of our problems.