Anxiety is one of the major causes to affect a person’s way of living. In the US around 40 million adults age 18 or older have complaints of suffering from anxiety which is approximately 18.1% of the population every year and its numbers are increasing every day.
It is highly dangerous as it can lead to depression and suicide, yet highly treatable but it is very important to identify it in its early stages but most of the people fail to do so due to lack of knowledge and support.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a syndrome with psychologic and physiologic components.
Psychologic components include worry that is difficult to control, hyper-alert, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance, sense of impending doom, excessive nervousness, and fear.
Physiologic components include handshaking, fast heartbeat, mouth dryness, and upset stomach.
Theories of Anxiety
There are different theories as to what causes anxiety
The psychodynamic theory posits that anxiety occurs when instinctual drives are thwarted while behavioral theory states that anxiety is a conditioned response to environmental stimuli originally paired with a feared situation and biologic theories implicate various neurotransmitters like GABA, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
5 Ways Anxiety Can Affect Your life.
Anxiety is a feeling of uncomfortable and uneasiness. It makes your mind numb and hard for you to make any decisions. Although it messes up your mind, it has effects on other systems of the body too as discussed below.
1. Digestive system.
After the nervous system, the digestive system is the first one to get affected. It makes your stomach upset and irritable giving you the feeling of nausea along with cramps and you might end up throwing. Anxiety can also worsen the condition of people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome in which a person either gets constipated or suffer from diarrhea. Females are predominantly affected by irritable bowel syndrome than men. According to some studies link has been established between ulcers and stress.
2. Neurological symptoms.
Whenever you are stressed body activates its fight and flight response to make you able to fight that situation. What happens in fight and flight response is that body activates its sympathetic nervous system which makes your pupil dilate, your mouth dry, your heartbeat goes fast, your respiratory rate increase, blood vessels dilate, activate your sweat glands. As you get away from the stimulus or threat your nervous system gets back to normal.
3. Cardiovascular problems.
As we read above the sympathetic nervous system makes your blood pressure go high in anxious situations it can have a very harmful impact on your heart. As your blood pressure increases, the body in response to that constricts your vessels to control the overshooting blood pressure which can eventually cut off blood supply to the target tissue. If a person has cardiovascular problems he is at great risk of an attack or stroke.
Yes, you read it right. Anxiety for a long time can also have an impact on your sexual health. It greatly decreases your libido.
The most important effect of anxiety on a person’s life is its relationships with other people which include immediate connections like parents, siblings, and friends. The person suffering from anxiety avoids meeting new people and prefers to remain alone which eventually turns into depression and can also lead to suicidal ideation. Emphasis should be given to the last point as by just identifying the symptoms of anxiety in a person we can save a life.
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