Anxiety is a terrifying psychological torment for anyone to endure. Symptoms of extreme anxiousness can make life a living hell, full of emotional and physical pain.
Anxiousness is a classic mindbody disorder. There are many causes for experiencing extreme anxious feelings and the condition is frequently a part of a larger psychosomatic pain syndrome. In my own experience working with thousands of chronic pain sufferers, I see anxiety as a virtually universal bond holding them all together. It is rare for a person to have an ongoing health issue and not suffer anxiousness as an inherent side effect.
I used to suffer terribly from fear and anxious feelings, but time and knowledge have helped me to overcome most of these mental tortures. This article examines the relationship between anxious feelings and the larger psychosomatic process.
What is Anxiety?
Extreme feelings of anxiousness entail a combination of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms. Emotional feelings include fear, worry, panic or impending doom. Psychological factors include depression, OCD, mood swings and even psychosis. Physical symptoms include hypertension, heart palpitations, gastrointestinal pain, shortness of breath, fainting, sudden profuse sweating and headache.
Anxiousness is very commonly a symptom of a larger psychological condition rather than a disorder unto itself. Patients with severe forms of the condition are often relegated to their homes or care facilities, since their symptoms make living a normal life almost impossible.
Acute anxiousness describes a condition where the person suffers recurrent attacks of emotional suffering. Sweating, panic, heart pounding and the inability to focus on anything are all common symptoms. Some people restrict their life activities greatly, since they desperately fear having an attack when being placed in a position of responsibility, such as when driving or working.
Treatments for Anxious Feelings
The most common form of treatment is pharmaceutical therapy. Patients are given a variety of drugs which may or may not help their anxious feelings. It usually takes some time for a perfect combination of drugs to be found, since each patient often responds differently to a given product. Many of these drugs have been criticized for curing nothing, but instead burying the anxious feelings under a number of mind-altering side effects.
Therapy and counseling are other common forms of treatment for anxious feelings. These types of treatments can work well, but often fall short of getting to the root issues causing the symptoms. Some patients respond well to dietary or environmental changes, although this is certainly a case-by-case basis.
One of the most effective long-term cures for anxiety is knowledge therapy. This program seeks to locate and alleviate the source of the emotional, psychological and physical symptoms in order to prevent future flare-ups from occurring.
Even patients who have not been diagnosed as clinically anxious can have occasional symptoms of acute anxiety. The associated feelings are universal in the population and are especially linked to many psychosomatic pain syndromes. This condition truly exemplifies the psychological connection as a mindbody disorder which causes anatomical and psychoemotional effects in the patient.
If you are having problems with chronic feelings of anxiousness, consider your treatment options carefully. While drugs might be a quick fix, they will do nothing to cure the condition. They will simply distract your mind from recognizing the uncomfortable feelings and becoming upset by them.
As with other psychosomatic expressions, patients using pharmaceutical symptomatic therapy often develop additional pain conditions to take over the purpose formerly occupied by the anxious feelings. These feelings are bred by your subconscious mind to distract from painful sensitive issues which are deeply repressed. Drugs will not make these feelings go away. It is almost inevitable that another set of substitute symptoms will come along and the patient will have to be treated all over again for the new condition.
In order to prevent this occurrence, consider knowledge therapy instead of drugs. Not only might it defeat your anxiousness, but it may dispel the power of those underlying emotional issues to cause unpleasant symptoms ever again.