My previous post outlined the process of curing Anxiety.
The first step is Awareness.
Anxiety is not always caused by an anxious feeling or “stressing”. Anxiety attacks are caused by an influx of overwhelming emotion. This means that extreme happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, stress- can all be causes of Anxiety. Yet, I have learned that there could be a certain event that happens in a persons life that can trigger their “anxious” side. Most of the time it’s from childhood but others could occur later in life. Examples could be a loss of a loved one, or bullying or anything else that could affect someone deeply.
Allow me to explain simply:
In my previous post I detailed how Anxiety occurs in 1 in 13 people.
This means that many sufferers are not AWARE that they are even suffering.
We go about, with our day to day routine, feeling every emotion to our core and not realising how our “oversensitivity” to everything around us is affecting us.
(To be empathetic is an amazing quality. But, it tends to affect the mental health of sufferers.)
When we are overwhelmed with emotion, there is a form of archaic confusion occurring at that specific moment in our brains so our bodies need an outlet of release. This results in a surge of adrenaline and therefore triggers the “fight or flight” defence mechanism. Thus resulting in an Anxiety Attack, or panic attack, or episode. Some suffers fight, and others flee. It is imperative to understand that this is nature taking its course.
It is like a gun being shot. Once the “situation” has escalated, and if the sufferer sees signs of attacks (these will be detailed in next weeks post), and is still struggling to control their emotions, an attack is triggered.
Once that trigger is pulled, one cannot stop the bullet from hitting its target. Therefore, with sufferers, once the attack has started, it takes a very long time and tons of effort to get it back to normal.
If the overwhelming emotion is grief or sadness, the attack or episode could come in the form of crazy, uncontrollable sobs of sadness. If that emotion is anger or frustration, then there could be some sort of violent release such as throwing items across the room or wishing to break something. If that emotion is happiness, some feel an overwhelming sense to just bounce about or sing or release that emotion in any which way.
The form in which a sufferer experiences an episode, speaks volumes about the overwhelming and underlying emotion which is causing this sudden outburst and release of energy.
In that moment, many sufferers blame themselves.
These are the thoughts that go through their heads:
What is wrong with me?
Why am I like this?
Am I mad?
Why doesn’t it just stop?
I’m so strange
There’s something wrong me
I’ll leave you, as sufferers and non-sufferers, with this poem:
Leave a comment below on your thoughts and if my explanation above has helped you understand Anxiety just a little bit more. 🙂