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Do I Have Anxiety?

"Do I have anxiety?" You may find yourself asking this question when stress and racing thoughts trigger anxious feelings that don’t seem to go away.

Do I Have Anxiety?
Do I Have Anxiety?

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Everyone has feelings of anxiety from time to time.  This is perfectly normal!

There's cause for concern when that anxiety takes over your life.  You begin avoiding things or events that trigger anxiety. When this happens you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are a group of symptoms categorized by fear and anxiety.  The fear is usually rooted in some sort of trauma. 

Here's an example.

Let's say you lived through a horrible car accident and as a result begin having frequent nightmares, insomnia, and overwhelming anxiety at the very idea of getting into a car again.

The traumatic event: the car accident.

Triggers symptoms of anxiety: insomnia and nightmares and fear of driving. 

Now you're faced with a classic fear of driving phobia.

But don't worry...

There's nothing wrong with you! 

Your brain is just trying to protect you from what it believes is a dangerous situation.  All that's left to do is to "rewire your brain" into accepting the fact that you are safe!

Do I Have Anxiety? Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?

So how do you now if you're suffering from an anxiety disorder and not just plain old occasional anxiety? 

Start my asking yourself these questions...

Do you suffer from some of these symptoms for at least two weeks?

•Avoid going places or doing things that bring on panicky feelings

•Always feeling like “the other shoe is about to drop.”

•Feeling short-tempered

•You have a hard time concentrating

•Sometimes your mind just goes blank, and you can't remember what you were about to do/say

Panic attacks

Pressure in one or both ears

•Frequent diarrhea

•Feeling like you can’t catch your breath or can't breathe properly, hyperventilation

•Sometimes it feels like your throat is closing up

•Chronic insomnia

Frequent and uncontrollable worry

Well, does any of this sounds like you?   If so, you're definitely not alone.  Anxiety disorders impact millions of people just like you.

But please know that anxiety disorders are totally treatable.  You don’t have to needlessly suffer from panic attacks, insomnia, and always worrying that something will go wrong.

One principal characteristic of anxiety disorders are panic attacks that seem to come out of nowhere.  In fact,  panic or anxiety attacks, are caused by unresolved negative emotions. 

These negative emotions can result from trauma, stress, worry that manifests into anxiety symptoms like the ones listed above.

Here are some effective drug free ways of treating anxiety.

Try them all!

Mindfulness Meditation trains your mind to focus on one thing at a time which is perfect for calming and centering the mind.  Soon all that excessive mental chatter and negative self-talk melts into the background. 

Aromatherapy is powerful stuff. Our sense of smell triggers emotions and memories. Two things that can either feed or soothe anxiety. Aromatherapy uses essential oils designed to calm your anxious mind.

Here's a few more anxiety busting self-help tips.

You may also want to take this short  survey to help you determine if anxiety is a problem for you. 

I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,

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