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Dealing With Anxiety During World Events

Dealing With Anxiety During World Events

There was a time that just keeping informed about your neighbors, community and city was time consuming. However, with today’s media advances, you can learn about aspects of peoples’ lives from any corner of the world with a click on a link. Having that much information about world events can increase your potential for becoming anxious about something that you hear occurring in the world. To understand more about anxiety, you may want to understand more about the causes of anxiety, get insights on signs and symptoms of anxiety and learn ways to effectively work through your anxiety.

Causes of Anxiety

There are many things that can cause anxiety, and while some situations cause some people a great deal of anxiety, the same situation may not faze another person. Anxiety is an individualized response to a variety of factors as described in the post, “What Causes Anxiety? – the 7 main Causes,”[1] that include the following:

  • External and environmental factors – These include but are not limited to victimization, abuse, a loved one’s death, stress due to relationship issues, divorce, work, school, finances and natural disasters.
  • Trauma – Most people think of trauma as something bad, and when an event such as an accident occurs, this trauma is bad. However, some trauma comes from good sources such as a promotion at work or the purchase of a new home. While these things are positive, they are still substantial enough to bring about a level of trauma.
  • Medical factors – Anxiety has been associated with such medical factors as asthma, anemia, infections and many heart conditions. The cause of this anxiety might be due to stress experienced because of a serious medical illness, medication side effects or symptoms of a medical condition.
  • Withdrawal from addiction – If you are addicted to drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines, alcohol, smoking or even the Internet, you will experience anxiety when you are denied access to your object of obsession.
  • Abnormal Brain chemistry – The presence of abnormal levels of some neurotransmitters in your brain can cause anxiety.
  • Genetics – If you have a family history of anxiety disorders, the chances of you developing it are very high.
  • Fluctuations in hormone levels – Both men and women have hormones and significant changes in hormone levels can instigate anxiety.

If you have any of these factors, you will want to consult your medical doctor. She will take your personal and medical history, conduct a physical examination and ask you to get some laboratory tests done. Since there is no specific laboratory test to diagnose anxiety, you will need to get help from a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist or a mental health professional to diagnose if you experience anxiety. To be diagnosed with anxiety, you must have experienced anxiety that interferes with your daily living for at least a period of six months, found it difficult to handle your worries and have certain symptoms such as fatigue, restlessness and irritability.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

In the post, “Anxiety Disorders and Anxiety Attacks,”[2] the author identifies emotional and physical symptoms that are indicators of anxiety including the following:

  • Irrational and excessive fear and worry
  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Watching for signs of danger
  • Feeling like your mind has gone blank
  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Stomach upset or dizziness
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremors and twitches
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

If you are experiencing several of these signs and symptoms, you want to address your anxiety as early as possible so that you can get treatment to more effectively manage your anxiety.

Treatment for Anxiety

Stress is one of the most commonly reported causes of drug and alcohol use and is considered the number one cause of addiction relapse. Therefore, in recovery you need to do everything possible to manage your stress and prevent a relapse. There are lifestyle changes that you can make to help you manage anxiety including the following:

  • Practice relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing which can reduce anxiety symptoms.
  • Adopt healthy eating habits.
  • Reduce alcohol and nicotine.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise is a natural stress buster and anxiety reliever. To achieve the maximum benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on most days.
  • Get enough sleep. A lack of sleep can exacerbate anxious thoughts and feelings, so try to get seven to nine hours of quality sleep a night.

When it comes to learning how to manage anxiety you may need to get some professional guidance as described in the post, “Anxiety disorders and effective treatment.”[3] Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be highly effective in treating anxiety disorders. Through CBT, people can identify and learn to manage the factors that contribute to their anxiety. They can learn techniques to reduce or stop the undesired behaviors associated with anxiety. CBT helps people learn to understand how their thoughts contribute to the symptoms of anxiety and how to change those thought patterns to reduce the likelihood of occurrence and the intensity of reaction.

Get Help to Learn More About Anxiety

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[1] http://www.beyondanxietyanddepression.com/anxiety-women-anxiety/what-causes-anxiety-7-main-causes

[2] http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/anxiety-attacks-and-anxiety-disorders.htm

[3] http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/anxiety-treatment.aspx