Understanding the Reasons for Anxiety about Anxiety

Anxiety about Anxiety informationAnxiety is something that can strike anyone regardless of their age or occupation. It is normal to experience anxiety at some point in life.

It is caused by any number of reasons, some of which are evident and others that are quite complicated.

There are individuals who even suffer from anxiety about anxiety.

As a society, we fail to talk about this ailment or take measures to control it. This is partially because many do not understand what it is.

Another reason for ignoring the situation is not recognizing and understanding its effect on social and work environments.

A mechanism of self-preservation, anxiety is quite normal. There are instances when it gets out of control. It is necessary to understand the symptoms and what actions to take to relieve the feelings of distress and impending doom. Learning to manage and control the symptoms reduces the chance of creating additional stressors.

Whether it is anxiety about anxiety or derived from some other source, there are basic things that are exhibited in a wide variance of degrees. Some people may experience several symptoms while others may only exhibit a few. The most common symptoms include:

  • rapid or increased heart rate
  • sweating, nausea or upset stomach
  • tightness in the chest
  • feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • heavy leg syndrome
  • brightness or blurred vision

As frightening as these conditions sound, they are all normal responses that are triggered by a fight or flight response.

There are three ways in which anxiety can show itself.

  • The physical symptoms are usually the easiest to recognize and the hardest to control.
  • Anxiety also affects our thought processes and behaviors.
  • Anxious thinking is very common, and in some situations useful.

A more practical approach is to think realistically. In a nutshell, this means to look at the situation from all aspects, whether they are neutral, negative or positive responses. For instance, there are two approaches when you see a dog. If you think the dog is friendly and no threat, the response is remaining calm. If you think the dog is a threat, you will experience anxiety. The usual response is to move quickly out of a perceived harm’s way.

The above are two ways in which anxiety can influence our thoughts and physical responses. What about the way it affects our behavior?

Anxiety about anxiety may potentially keep us from doing things we would like to. For example, if we have a fear of dogs we may stay away from parks or even a friend’s or neighbor’s house because they have a dog. That interferes with social interaction and relationships.

Recognizing how anxiety causes us to behave in a certain manner is one of the first steps in controlling anxiety so that it does not control us.


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