Hello everyone, my name is Nancy Reyes and I am the Owner of Things That Makes People Go Aww. This is my first post on my friend Maria’s blog and I wanted to introduce myself before I got started.
Living with Anxiety
For me, being told that I had an anxiety disorder was rather scary. When my dad passed away I fell into a deep depression. Never in a million years did I honestly think that my daddy would be gone. If I am being honest, I am a daddy’s girl and always will be. His death was a shock to all of us; he was so healthy and had nothing wrong with him. Then, on March 17, 2005 he had a massive heart attack and passed away. That is a day that we will never forget. Most of the days and months that followed are a blur. When it got to the point that I could no longer deal with everything that was going on I went for help. Little did I know, worse was yet to come. My mom got really sick and was in the hospital for 5 weeks, she was getting better and then took a turn for the worst. She was so scared. In time, her body shut down. Just 2 years after my dad passed away, my mom was gone. The two most important people in my life were gone in the snap of a finger. I can honestly say, without a doubt that these events are the reason that I am living with anxiety.
All that I really know is that I started having terrible mood swings. I remember my in-laws telling me I was being nasty and I would think, go through what I have and then come talk to me. All of the anger and hurt was eating me alive. Finally, I decided that I just could not take it anymore. I went and saw a therapist but he was kind of weird. He told me that I was bipolar and put me on medication that made me sleep all the time; it was not a good feeling and he really wasn’t helping me. For example, I remember that when my mom was in the hospital I had a bite mark on my forehead and I scratched it a lot. As a result, it got infected and he would make fun of the mark. It was not a good situation.
To make a long story short, I have made changes and I am finally getting the help that I need. I can now say with confidence that I am on the road to recovery from all the pain and hurt. Here is some info about anxiety.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is often defined as emotions which are typically negative in nature. It frequently consists of fear and worry and some people may even experience physical signs such as nausea or chest pains. Anxiety is a complex emotion, and is composed of a number of different elements. Some of these elements are somatic or cognitive and the body will prepare itself to deal with an external threat. The heart rate speeds up and blood pressure increases. Various muscles in the body then begin to receive elevated levels of blood. At the same time, the functions of the digestive system slow down.
People who suffer from anxiety generally have a sense of dread. A number of voluntary and involuntary processes will take place in the body and the goal of these processes is to get the person away from the source that is causing it to have anxiety. Anxiety is an important emotion and is designed to increase the survival rate of organisms. In humans, it appears that anxiety comes from two regions of the brain, the hippocampus and amygdala. For example, when a person senses bad odors or tastes, there will be a large amount of blood flow which will be present in the amygdala. The evidence also shows that medium levels of anxiety will be present in this situation as well. Based on these studies, it appears that anxiety is designed to keep humans and other organisms from eating food or objects that may be harmful to their well being.
While anxiety is normal, a person that has excessive amounts of it may have what is called an anxiety disorder. In extreme cases, people with anxiety disorders may have strong cases where they are terrorized. Anxiety disorders are broken down into phobias, panic disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders. Someone who is suffering from a phobia will have an abnormal amount of fear of a specific object or situation. People who have phobias tend to have extensive imaginations and realize that their fear is often irrational.
When a person suffers from a panic disorder, they will have extreme panic attacks, and may have dizziness or breathing problems. These attacks will typically reach their height in about 10 minutes. Generalized anxiety disorders are common and effect a much larger portion of the population. It is prevalent in both men and woman and is characterized by long periods of anxiety that are not related to any specific object or situation. With the obsessive compulsive disorder, the individual will have an obsession or compulsion when it comes to specific types of behavior. People who suffer from this disorder will see the need to do something obsessively in order to reduce their anxiety. Many people who have this disorder need to be extremely clean and are afraid of germs. To reduce their anxiety, they will wash their hands numerous times in a single day. There are two primary methods that are used to help those who are suffering from anxiety, therapy or prescription medications.
If you or someone you know is suffering from any of these symptoms please seek medical attention.
Disclaimer: I used WebMD.com as a resource to help me talk with you today about living with anxiety.