Why do we get anxious?
Anxiety is a conditioned response to a perceived negative stimulus. The body releases adrenaline, endorphins, and cortisol when you are feeling anxious or stressed. These are things that are natural stimulants to help us keep away from danger but sometimes they can be triggered by common life events. This combined with the physical sensations of an increased heart rate, tightness in the chest, and increased sweating can often be confused with a heart attack. All of this can scare people and feel very out of control until they learn to understand the triggers and utilize better-coping techniques.
What is the reason for anxiety?
Anxiety may be caused by a life event, a physical condition, psychological stressors which have accumulated, or a combination of these. Certain people may be more anxious in their daily lives and thus may be more predisposed to anxiety. Anxiety is commonly tied to a number of diagnoses like ADHD, OCD, phobia, social anxiety, and depression, for example. That said, it can be treated and the effects can be mitigated.
Can anxiety actually kill you?
Anxiety won’t kill you but it can make life significantly more difficult if left untreated. Clients who do not work on understanding and coping with their anxiety can end up greatly missing out on life events they desire, friendships, and opportunities in life. They may also suffer by spending more time sick or going to the emergency room for things like panic attacks.
What is the cure for anxiety and can you be treated for anxiety?
For most clients, the “cure” for anxiety is growing to understand what causes it and building better coping mechanisms or trying a specific therapeutic approach to manage it. This can be things like breathing techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, biofeedback, EMDR, or a somatic approach. These things work better in the long haul than medication alone. Research shows therapy is 3x more effective than medication.