Anxiety


It's all in your mind ... yet you "feel" it emotionally and physically. Everything is in your mind as we exist in the virtual reality simulation or hologram. You believe things are real because your brain tells you they'll get the brain is nothing more than an electrochemical machine programmed for you to experience a wide gamut of emotions in your "time" here.

Most people experience some degree of anxiety during their lives, some on a daily basis. It may be once, or something ongoing - part of their program patterning, but once experienced they remember its effects forever. The object is not to make it a conditioned response.

Human programming is about emotions - both positive and negative - but mostly the study of negative emotions and how they affect us physically and spiritually. Reality is set in linear time to this end.

In the Age of Healing and Awareness, the most discussed emotions are fear, anxiety, panic, and stress, linked with an endless array of personality disorders. They immobilize and destroy us - as we try to make sense of what's going on around us both from our childhood and currently. Anxiety sets people on a quest to find out what is wrong with them, as it symptoms cannot be ignored. Humans are very good at ignoring things unless they are forced to deal with them.

Most people deal with anxiety with prescription medication or as with many other mental illnesses - where people refuse to get professional help - they deal with anxiety by using alcohol or recreational drugs.

Anxiety is an offshoot of the strongest emotion - FEAR. With early conditioning we become anxious about – failures and successes - and those that judge us.

Anxiety is often accompanied by physical sensations such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, or tension headache. Externally, somatic signs of anxiety may include pale skin, sweating, trembling, and pupillary dilation.

It would seem the levels of these emotions are on the increase based on evolving society and environment. Humans are currently trying to figure out who they are, what is their purpose for being here, where they came from, and what the future holds, as many people feel that life on planet earth as we know it, will no longer be sustainable in the near future.

As with all other emotional problems, anxiety has many levels and dimensions, the wiring in the brain affecting behavior. Anxiety, panic attack and fear are daily issues many people face. Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. The root meaning of the word anxiety is to vex or trouble; in either the absence or presence of psychological stress, anxiety can create feelings of fear, worry, uneasiness and dread. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to stress. It may help a person to deal with a difficult situation by prompting one to cope with it. When anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder.

This is an old pattern and part of the dynamic of the "evolving human". The nature of the programming of our reality is a never ending quest to create balance in our lives only to discover that we live in a virtual reality simulation whose programming it is to study emotions - mostly of the negative type. Will we ever overcome anxiety as a species? Is doubtful because it's built into our programming.

The best we can hope to do is find ways to understand ... what causes anxiety, that it's part of our DNA code, how we can change our life patterns, and how we can create some sort of balance in our lives. To this end people do yoga, meditation, Pilates, and any other form of exercise that balance the chemistry - or wiring - of the brain.




Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat; whereas anxiety is the expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.

People facing anxiety may withdraw from situations which have provoked anxiety in the past. There are different types of anxiety. Existential anxiety can occur when a person faces angst, an existential crisis, or nihilistic feelings. People can also face test anxiety, mathematical anxiety, stage fright or somatic anxiety. Another type of anxiety, stranger anxiety and social anxiety are caused when people are apprehensive around strangers or other people in general. Anxiety can be either a short term 'state' or a long term "trait". Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear, whereas trait anxiety is a worry about future events, close to the concept of neuroticism. Anxiety disorders are partly genetic but may also be due to drug use including alcohol and caffeine, as well as withdrawal from certain drugs. They often occur with other mental disorders, particularly major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, certain personality disorders, and eating disorders. Common treatment options include lifestyle changes, therapy, and medications. Read more




Social Anxiety


Social anxiety is a specific form of anxiety. It is an emotion characterized by a discomfort or a fear when a person is in a social interaction that involves a concern of being judged or evaluated by others. It is typically characterized by an intense fear of what others are thinking about them (specifically fear of embarrassment or humiliation, criticism, or rejection), which results in the individual feeling insecure and not good enough for other people, and/or the assumption that peers will automatically reject them. Developmental social anxiety occurs early in childhood as a normal part of the development of social functioning and is a stage that most children grow out of, but it may persist or resurface and grow into chronic social anxiety during their teenage years or possibly in adulthood. People vary in how often they experience social anxiety, and in which kinds of situations they experience it. Read more


I Don't Hate You, I Have Social Anxiety   Huffington Post - July 23, 2015

1. I constantly worry about what other people are thinking of me.

2. I second guess most of what I say, causing long pauses in conversations, fumbling over my words, and a generally quiet and shy nature.

3. I get anxious before social events with people I don't know, occasionally to the point of nausea and headaches. Sometimes it's a battle just to get myself to leave the house, my mind full of concerns about what might happen, who I might meet, and what I might say or do wrong.




In the News ...





Anxiety, Depression, or Both?   Scientific American - May 22, 2016

Anxiety and depression are both challenging disorders - to make matters worse, they occur together up to 50% of the time. Depression and anxiety are fundamentally different - depression is based in hopelessness and helplessness, while anxiety is steeped in fear of the uncertain. But even though they're different, they overlap in many ways. Here are five big similarities:
#1: Irritability.
#2: Problems sleeping.
#3: Difficulty concentrating.
#4: Restlessness.
#5: No fun.




Science Finds Even More Evidence That Anxiety Isn't Just 'All In Your Head'   Huffington Post - July 16, 2015

One of the largest misconceptions about anxiety is that the disorder is something people "bring upon themselves," a concept that is as malignant as it is incorrect. Adding to the evidence against this isolating stereotype, a new study from the University of Wisconsin, Madison found that the brain function that underlies anxiety and depression may be inherited.




Everything is genetic

Anxious Brains Are Inherited, Study Finds   Live Science - July 8, 2015
The brain function that underlies anxiety and depression is inherited, a new study finds - but there is still plenty of space for experience and environment to reduce the risk of a full-blown mental disorder. The research focused on rhesus monkeys. Like humans, some young rhesus monkeys have what's called an "anxious temperament." Expose them to a mildly stressful situation, like being in a room with a stranger, and the monkeys will stop moving and stop vocalizing while their stress hormones skyrocket. Extremely shy children do the same, said Dr. Ned Kalin, a psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Kalin and his colleagues scanned the brains of young monkeys, anxious and not, and found three brain regions associated with anxiety that also showed evidence of heritability. About 30 percent of the variation in early anxiety is explained by family history




What Everyone Needs To Know About Anxiety   Huffington Post - May 5, 2015
The disorder, which touches 18 percent of American adults, is one of the most common mental health issues in the world. It can affect your teachers, your loved ones, your baristas or your neighbors. But its prevalence isn't all there is to know about the mental health disorder. Take a look at the infographic below, which shows just how many ways anxiety can affect someone's life. If the facts prove anything, it's that anxiety sufferers are certainly not alone.




Stable or in Flux? How Anxiety Can Botch Decisions   Science Daily - March 4, 2015
When things get unpredictable, people prone to high anxiety may have a harder time reading the environmental cues that could help them avoid a bad outcome. A new study hints at a glitch in the brain’s higher-order decision-making circuitry that could eventually be a target in the treatment of anxiety disorders, which affect some 40 million American adults.




Dealing With Anxiety Dreams and Your Sleep   Epoch Times - December 10, 2014

When you think of the holidays, do you think of stress or spirit? Is your to-do list the first thing that comes to mind or your soul? If it is indeed stress, then you are likely to have typical anxiety dreams that go hand-in-hand with the hectic pace and demanding days leading up to the holidays. Here are some typical scenarios followed by some suggestions for surviving this time of year:
1. Unable to Call for Help
2. Missing the Plane, the Bus, or a Deadline
3. Phones Don’t Work
4. Exams or Forgetting Your Lines
5. Body Dreams about the state of your body and health




5 Of The Most Helpful Things You Can Say To Someone With Anxiety   Huffington Post - October 17, 2014

Below find five supportive ways to help someone cope with anxiety.
"Can you tell me more about your experience?"
"I'm sorry you're going through that."
"This is not your fault."
"That must be really hard for you."
Silence.




What Time of Day Do We Feel Most Anxious?   Epoch Times - September 23, 2014

Graphic can be changed for other results...
Peoples’ woes seem to vary by day of the week, too. Wednesdays are for anxiety, while suicidal thoughts peak on Sundays. Geographically, New England seems to be the hub of anxiety, while depression is more evenly distributed throughout the country.




7 Things You Shouldn't Say To Someone With Anxiety   Huffington Post - February 18, 2014

If you've ever suffered from severe anxiety, you're probably overly familiar with the control it can have over your life. And you're not alone -- it affects approximately 40 million adult Americans per year.
1. "Don't sweat the small stuff."
2. "Calm down."
3. "Just do it."
4. "Everything is going to be fine."
5. "I'm stressed out too."
6. "Have a drink -- it'll take your mind off of it."
7. "Did I do something wrong?"





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