What Drives Anxiety Symptoms?
Anxiety is a reaction to events in the environment around us. It is a word that’s used to describe the physical and emotional feelings of worry and fear and a general uneasiness that happen in some situations.
The feelings are the embodiment of the flight / flight / freeze response that occurs when we perceive that we are in danger. I should make it clear here that the response is largely automatic and that’s why it’s a problem to us.
It’s an automatic response to the environment that revvs up the body so that it’s ready for action, by causing the release of adrenalin and cortisol and other stress hormones, The automatic nature means we have no rational control over it and that’s why it feels so unnerving.
What Causes Anxiety Symptoms To Happen?
Anxiety symptoms originate in a fear context. Fear or a wish for self preservation causes the release of stress hormones which cause the muscles to start releasing stored energy. This makes us ready to fight or run away. The full response is fight flight or freeze, the freeze is when we can’t decide and we get the rabbit in the headlights effect, or the lizard that pretends to be a stick. We do that too!
The anxiety symptoms are often associated with common occurrences like going to new places, going to an interview, moving house or getting married which are all situations where we expect to need to think and act a bit quicker than normal. It’s useful in these situations.
When you get anxiety symptoms in response to something understandable then it’s acceptable or at least something we can live with. There are occasions when we have the reaction related to things that are not a rational threat and then it’s not a nice thing to happen. That’s really when we refer to it as anxiety.
Remember this is the fight or flight response so the symptoms will be:
- Increased heart rate
- Muscles trembling because adrenalin is releasing energy stored in them
- Tightness in the diaphragm to make us breathe higher in the chest.
- Breathing higher in the chest faster than normal
- Muscles tremble again when it’s passed and other hormones restore order
There are two main problems.
The first is the continual release of adrenalin that releases stored energy from the muscles leaves us feeling tired out. This explains how you feel tired just from worrying.
The second is where you get an association of the fight or flight response with an event where there is no threat.
That occurs for worry. Worry is a normal function of the mind it is a way to resolve problems that we think about. When you worry about something you think about it, and the thought can triggers a fight / flight response. This feels out of control and that makes it worse.
It also occurs for fears and phobias which are anxiety related issues.
What can You Do About Anxiety Symptoms?
Anxiety is something that I specialise in. I use hypnotherapy and eye movement therapy to help a lot of people deal with anxiety related issues. The programs that I offer for anxiety symptoms are effective and relatively fast, They aren’t instant or magic but will usually see results in around four weeks.
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