Anxiety, And How To Cope With It
It is difficult to describe anxiety concretely because it has so many different potential causes and degrees of intensity. Basically, with anxiety, you feel that the worst will happen, even though no one has told you that is the case, and you feel anxious about it. (For symptoms of anxiety, click here.)
While there are events in the life of a person with a serious health condition that frequently trigger anxiety, anxiety can show up without warning and at any time. The events that trigger anxiety, and the duration of anxiety, vary from person to person and event to event.
Anxiety can be persistent or severe.
The duration of the feeling of anxiety varies from person to person, and from time to time. The length of time can be as short as a few minutes, or as long as hours, days and even weeks.
Unmanageable anxiety, and the feelings of fear that come with it, can overpower logic - sometimes resulting in unwise decisions.
There are self help techniques to consider using to lessen anxiety. They are described in Techniques to Reduce or Eliminate Anxiety.
If self help techniques aren't enough, treatment is available from mental health professionals, spiritual advisors and medication. A fairly new treatment which has shown to be effective is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Contact your health care provider if any of the following occur:
- You have thoughts of suicide
- You have difficulty breathing
- You cannot eat or sleep for two or more days
- Nothing seems to help
- Avoid self medicating with alcohol or other substances. Alcohol is a depressant. St. John's Wort, a supplement that some people use for depression, has interactions with many prescription medications. Speak with your doctor before taking St. John's Wort or any other drug or supplement.
- If anxiet y progresses to having panic attacks, click here.