Anxiety: What It Is And What You Can Do About It
Stephen A. Peterson
It is difficult to think of another topic that arouses as much confusion and controversy as does the problem of anxiety. Anxiety has been reported as the root of many problems such as: suicide, mental illness, ulcers, headaches, and sleeplessness to name a few.
Anxiety is one of many human emotions (That is, sadness, guilt, depression, love, and so forth). Emotions are our reaction to the world around us. They give us a sense of who we are and how we fit into the world around us.
Psychologist and other behaviorists find, when studying emotions, several problems arise. They find that emotional expressions are:
· Difficult to identify.
· Not easy to interpret.
· Amoral. That is, they are neither good or bad, right or wrong in themselves but depend upon the judgment of the observer.
· Difficult to label.
· Difficult to judge with respect to their appropriateness.
· Difficult to express.
· Difficult to pattern because they vary from person to person.
· Natural. They generally do not cause problems unless they conflict with social or cultural standards of behavior.
Anxiety is a human emotion that is related to concern for future events and activities. Individuals who are or become anxious bring concerns of the future to the present. Bringing future concerns to the present does not always result in negative reactions. Individuals may react to anticipated future events by planning and preparing to meet the challenges of said events and activities. Persons who are affected by anxious situations tend to put off activities, worry, not plan or wish the problem would just go away. These methods of approach generally increase anxiety levels because the problem or problems are allowed to remain without resolution that leads to more serious problems.
Anxiety reduction requires a person to:
1. TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR PROBLEM. To view a problem as “MY PROBLEM,” “MINE” or “I AM CAUSING MY ANXIETY” helps a great deal toward resolving the problem. Asking what you are really afraid of also helps. Blaming others or oneself resolves nothing.
2. Honestly identify the cause or causes of the problem or problems.
3. Confide in others. Talk over problems of anxiety with a friend you feel and know you can trust. If more serious problems exist, professional help is available to those who want it.
4. Prayer, a belief in God and regular attendance to religious services have demonstrated reductions in anxiety levels among participants and believers.
Ten Factors That Indicate Problems Of Anxiety
1. Do you have frequent headaches?
2. Are you angry more often than not?
3. Do you have a tendency to put off things/events until later?
4. Do you use alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs to deal with problems to calm yourself?
5. Do you tend to isolate yourself from others?
6. Do you have a tendency to blame others for problems you have?
7. Do you eat much or too little?
8. Do you mistrust other people?
9. Do you worry frequently or on a daily basis?
10. Do you have frequent digestion problems?
If you answered, “YES” to 6 of the 10 possible responses, it is advised you seek professional help.
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