Anxiety – You Are Not Alone

All human beings experience fear, this is a necessary signal of real danger. When we were children, most of us had fears of the dark. The fear of physical pain and emotional suffering is a normal part of being alive.

Feelings of nervousness come in many forms: fear, alarm, anguish, dread, anger, irritability, fright, horror, panic, angst, terror. Other words that describe or are related to anxiety include: apprehension, botheration, butterflies, cold sweat, concern, creeps, disquiet, distress, doubt, dread, fidgets, in a flap, foreboding, fretfulness, fuss, goosebumps, heebie-jeebies, jitters, jumps, misery, misgiving, mistrust, nail-biting, nervousness, restlessness, shakes, trouble, uncertainty, unease, watchfulness, worry and worryment. There are many more.

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Physical complaints of “nerves” can include trembling, racing heart (palpitations), jumpiness, cold and/or clammy hands, dizziness, diarrhoea, upset stomach, flushing, faintness, rapid breathing, numbness, tingling, fatigue and strain. Anxiety may strike with a panic attack, like lightning, or grumble on ever present in the background, as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). It can be the natural fear that accompanies life’s challenges and major difficulties (getting married, becoming seriously ill, having family worries or becoming unemployed). It can also be marked by chronic edginess, irritability and worry. The feelings and physical sensations of anxiousness are the same whether it occurs spontaneously or in direct response to a major threat.

As described in the post on fight and flight (see link: ) anxiety is an overreaction in the first stage of the body’s stress response, the fight or flight reaction. Mild-to-moderate anxiety, in particular, may be a more exaggerated and intense stress response. It is important to remember that if you suffer from inappropriate fears or persistent worrying then you are not alone.

Medical research has shown that:

Every year millions of people throughout the world experience some symptoms of “nerves”, of these roughly half have a proper anxiety disorder. Doctors use medical terms to describe the mild-to-moderate anxiety of those individuals whose symptoms are not severe enough or numerous enough to qualify as a full-blown anxiety disorder. Examples of these terms include: minor, subclinical, syndromal and shadow syndromes. One out of every two people will experience mild-to-moderate anxiety for at least a two week period during the lifetime. It is estimated that about 25% of people will suffer from a nervous disorder at some point in their lifetime.

Nervousness in its various forms – insomnia, worry, heart palpitations, muscular aches and pains, hyperventilation, nausea, headaches and fatigue – is one of the most common complaints brought by patients to their doctors. Anxiety may provoke or worsen over eating, premenstrual syndrome, alcoholism, irritable bowel syndrome and many other medical problems.

Despite the fact that there are more people suffering from anxiety than any other mental health problem, it is estimated that less than 25% receive adequate help and treatment. This means that many millions of people continue to suffer unnecessarily from a treatable condition. It is possible to treat anxiety.

It is estimated that more than twice as many women suffer from “nerves” as men. The reasons for this are not entirely clear, it is not known whether it is because women are more likely to be anxious or because men are more likely to deny being afraid. Psychologists and psychiatrists are aware that more men than women are likely to turn to alcohol and drug abuse to mask their worries.

In 1997 a Gallup poll in the US found that as many as 25% of the United States workforce suffered from chronic stress and worry.

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