If you suffer from Anxiety, you will know that it can affect your everyday functionality. However, the good news is that it is able to be controlled and by altering our mindset, can in fact be abolished. However, how common exactly is Anxiety? For those that don’t know, let’s start off by explaining a little about what Anxiety is. Anxiety is the fight or flight response to danger or stress which is considered a normal reaction. In the presence of danger, our adrenaline levels go up and we shut down certain systems in our body so that we may flee from that danger. This is all well and good if what we are fleeing from is a lion or even somebody lingering in a dark alley. But what happens when our over preoccupation with worry and fear is causing us to create these responses without any danger actually being present? It causes us to be in this constant fight or flight state, affecting our heart, blood pressure, respiratory and nervous system, all without probable cause.

So, what are some of the physical symptoms you may experience in the presence of anxiety?

  • Quivering;
  • Nausea;
  • Sweating;
  • Uncomfortable feeling in the stomach;
  • Empty bowels or impulse to pass urine;
  • Tightening of the chest;
  • Pacing heartbeat;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Shortness of breath.

Anxiety, with or without the presence of depression is extremely common, with it affecting about 284 million people globally (as of 2017). As a disorder it affects more women than men and although there are treatments available, including not only pharmaceutical treatments but now a variety of herbs, supplements, homeopathics, hypnosis and other therapies such as CBT, only a 1/3 of people suffer in silence for fear of being judged or labelled as crazy.

Please note that the information given here is for educational purposes only and not in place of medical advice. Please see your medical practitioner should something be of concern to you.

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