W & A series

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You wouldn’t believe the number of people who complain of sleeplessness.
And you can’t begin to imagine the number of people who are hypertensive.

Most of us are more victims than we even know.
I’ve been a victim and can  remember vividly what it did to me.

For a period we will be having expository series on Worry and Anxiety.

In this first series, I will be going medical.

(Extends palm) let’s go on this journey together dearie.

Worry is to disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.
-A strong feel of anxiety.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that
everyone experiences at times. Many people
feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a
problem at work, before taking a test, or
making an important decision. Anxiety
disorders, however, are different. They can
cause such distress that it interferes with a
person’s ability to lead a normal life.
For people with anxiety disorders, worry and
fear are constant and overwhelming, and can
be crippling.

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Hope you took time to ponder on the highlighted.

Types
-Panic disorder: People with this condition
have feelings of terror that strike suddenly
and repeatedly with no warning. Other
symptoms of a panic attack include
sweating, chest pain, palpitations, and a
feeling of choking, which may make the
person feel like he or she is having a heart
attack or “going crazy.”
-Social anxiety disorder: Also called social
phobia, social anxiety disorder involves
overwhelming worry and self-consciousness
about everyday social situations. The worry
often centers on a fear of being judged by
others, or behaving in a way that might
cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.
Specific phobias: A specific phobia is an
intense fear of a specific object or
situation, such as snakes, heights, or flying.
The level of fear is usually inappropriate to
the situation and may cause the person to
avoid common, everyday situations.
Generalized anxiety disorder: This disorder
involves excessive, unrealistic worry and
tension, even if there is little or nothing to
provoke the anxiety.

Aha! Hope you did exclaim in unbelief because it does happens.
Here are some general symptoms:

1 Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
2 Problems sleeping
3 Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
4 Shortness of breath
5 Heart palpitations
6 An inability to be still and calm
7 Dry mouth
8 Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
8 Nausea
9 Muscle tension
10 Dizziness

Usually caused by a combination of factors including changes in the brain and environmental changes.
Treatment

* Medication: Drugs used to reduce the
symptoms of anxiety disorders include anti-
depressants and anxiety-reducing drugs.
*Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy (a type of
counseling) addresses the emotional
response to mental illness.
*Cognitive-behavioral therapy: This is a
particular type of psychotherapy in which
the person learns to recognize and change
thought patterns and behaviors that lead to
troublesome feelings.
*Dietary and lifestyle changes.
*Relaxation therapy.

How can Worry and Anxiety be prevented?
– Stop or reduce consumption of products
that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea,
cola, energy drinks, and chocolate.
-Ask your doctor or pharmacist before
taking any over-the-counter medicines or
herbal remedies. Many contain chemicals
that can increase anxiety symptoms.
-Seek counseling and support if you start to
regularly feel anxious with no apparent
cause.

Hope this information was worth your time, feel free to drop your comment and share.

Credit: WebMD Medical.

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