Anxiety Runs the World

Anxiety
Several disorders encompass the term anxiety, and they are described with symptoms of nervousness, apprehension, worry, and fear. Stress can be damaging to health, both mental and physical, especially during the recent economic decline. Sometimes this response can be beneficial, however. Many studies have investigated the mind, anatomy, and biochemical make-up of people with high levels of fear. For many reasons, anxiety is obviously the compelling force that runs the world.

Researchers at the Trinity College, Dublin School of Psychology began a study this year that requires participants to undergo online treatment of their symptoms, whether it be anxiety or depression. The team worked with SilverCloud Health, which is a developer of online behavioral health and mental wellness solutions, and Aware, which is a depression support group and education organization. The trial allowed for self-administration of two online treatments with additional support. The researchers are looking to treat students with generalized anxiety disorder just prior to exam time.

A study in 2004 by Jack Gorman, M.D. and team, found much support for therapies of medication used to increase serotonin. These medications influence the amygdala which is the part of the brain that is often assumed to play a major role in fear. After reaching the amygdala, the hypothalamus and brainstem are also affected by the fear processes. Medications can desensitize the perception so that what would once evoke fear would then be minimized.

Though much has been revealed through the investigation of anxiety and its horrendous outcomes, both realistic and unrealistic fears are well-known to be the components of the fight or flight response. Each and every person in this world is ruled by their emotions, and it is up to that person to decide whether or not they want to overcome their anxiety.

Fear, like anxiety, is an instinctive reaction to distressing stimuli activating the hypothalamus, which then activates the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal-cortical system. The body will immediately decide to either attack or to flee as the heart rate skyrockets and adrenaline flows through the blood. In situations of social anxiety, this reaction occurs, but one cannot just always flee from the scene, nor attack those who are perceived a threat. The social setting is a normal setting the, but the body just sees it as unrealistically dangerous. This could be due to past experiences, or a mental insecurity (fear of failure, ridicule, or embarrassment).

Most entertainers understand the implication of anxiety on performance. A writer from HealingWell.com presents readers with a common point of understanding, and that is: people with severe social anxiety over-analyze situations. This could be what fabricates and reinforces unrealistic beliefs. In turn, people who subconsciously fear a social fallacy could actually cause the incident to occur. For example, someone might be scared that a distinguishing feature on their body is the center-point of unwanted attention. They could try to cover-up this weakness, and look somewhat ridiculous in doing so. They could also come off aggressive, or over-defensive, which might then evoke a negative response.

Musicians sometimes take beta-blockers to prevent the biological effects of anxiety. Although, doctors often caution the pharmaceutical treatment of anxiety before ruling out all possible health conditions that could be the potential cause. Anxiety can ruin a person’s life, and stunt their ambition. They can become reclusive and aggressive, and the condition can manifest many other disorders and health conditions. Sometimes anxiety can be a normal sign of a dangerous situation, but sometimes, it can just be unnecessary. Anxiety does not have to rule a person’s life, the world will continue to turn indiscriminately, and it is up to the individual to take control.

Opinion By Lindsey Alexander

Sources:

PsychiatryOnline

MedicalNewsToday

SiliconRepublic 

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