Anxiety is the natural evolution of our fight or flight response. When we were all cave people and Pterodactyls were a real threat, the fight or flight instinct probably saved a few of us. Simply put, a little anxiety can keep us safe from danger. It's when the symptoms of anxiety are prolonged, severe, and disruptive to your life that it could be considered an anxiety disorder.
There are a few different types of anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and obsessive compulsive disorder, to name a few. Some of the symptoms of anxiety, depending on the type of disorder, are as follows:
- Racing pulse, heart palpitations, possibly even chest pain
- Shortness of breath, panting, dry mouth
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Trembling, shaking, muscle tension
- Hot flashes and sweating, or chills
- Difficulties with sleep
- Inability to concentrate
It is very common for depression and anxiety to work in tandem to make a person's life super unpleasant, to say the least. After overcoming my initial shock over the extent that anxiety was impacting my life, I took some time to reflect. I realized that anxiety has been there all along, just letting depression get all the glory.
Well guess what anxiety? I see you now and I recognize you for what you are. If depression couldn't take me down and out for the count then neither can you. And do you know why? Because I understand. Education is one of the most powerful tools in my mental health tool kit and I refuse to be uneducated and unempowered in this fight.
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
The road of life is never smooth - I have certainly learnt that lesson more than once. But every time that I have come to a crossroad or a bump (or serious road work!), I seem to have come out a bit stronger and with my positivity intact.
Anxiety is simply another crossroad in my life. The rest is still unwritten...
P.S. To learn more about anxiety disorders please visit the Canadian Mental Health Association's website.
P.P.S. For a little inspiration, here is Natasha Bedingfield and her song "Unwritten"