Is Anxiety a Disease?
If It Isn’t, Can You Overcome It?
There are those who want to label anxiety as a disease, primarily because the symptoms have measurable physiological responses. That’s an interesting take, as it assumes having measurable physiological responses makes something a medical condition. It also assumes a condition almost every human being has experienced in one form or another since the beginning of time is an illness.
For decades science has been able to track certain neurological processes when parts of the nervous system perceive danger, regardless of whether they be real or imagined. Yet perceptions and awareness of neurological signals does not constitute something to be a disease.
They can indicate imbalances within the nervous system, hypersensitivity, misaligned awareness between the conscious and subconscious. They can indicate parts of the human psyche believe / feel somethings needs to change, but does that make it a disease?
Labeling anxiety as a medical condition may be a comfort for those who feel they are different. It may be a convenience for those who wanting an easy way to talk about their symptoms. It also forces treatment to heavily rely on medications and while medication are a blessing for many, numerous studies (*) find anxiety medications to be no more effective than placebo’s.
If the process of Anxiety is to stop, what needs to change?
What needs to occur is a means of being able to actually address and work through real and perceived stresses, sensitivities, and placement of awareness. It also includes changing ineffective life style choices and other underlining issues supporting anxiety. Medications may be needed to begin the process of restoring balance, however, this should be a short term approach
Those with chronic anxiety often try using distractions, will power or plain out ignoring discomfort. They typically have no idea of underlining issues or life style choices playing a role in their discomfort. They’ll change everything but them self. They want change to happen under their control and within their comfort zone. If only changed worked that way.
Another approach is changing how one processes life challenges. It begins with how we deal with adversity and the things we dislike, our self identity, our beliefs, what we are overly attached to and what we avoid. It deals with seeing and processing experiences in other ways. You can’t hold on to how you want things to be and expect that you will be different.
It’s a well known fact that how one perceives danger is for the most part a subconscious process. How our neurology interprets stress and danger is also outside conscious awareness. But that doesn’t mean these things can’t be changed.
Those born with certain sensitivities are particularly prone to misinterpret neurological signals. There is no universal manual on how to experience or process events. Most stress comes from our own interpretations of events, not from the events themselves. Because our perceptions feel real to us, we blur the distinctions between external events and how we process the events. It is not that is just in our mind, its that our subconscious process aren’t finding more supportive perspectives
Misconceptions many do not want to hear
- You can’t hide from fear. It’s a neurology process. Trying to avoid, ignore, push away or run from emotional responses created from within will eventually produce unwanted consequences
- Will power on it’s own is an ineffective means to deal with intense irrational or unwarranted fears. The minds frontal cortex region will not overpower the rest of the nervous system after a certain thresholds of discomfort have been met.
- Doing nothing, changes nothing. Waiting prolongs the fear.
- While medications can minimize symptoms, even help a person overwhelmed in stress, they do not remove imbalances, unresolved issues or help a person to better cope with life situations.
Those fighting these concepts too often get trapped on an emotional roller coaster ride. They get into a life style rut of reacting and feeling helpless.
Not all anxieties or fears are alike.
Fears cover a broad spectrum of cognitive, emotional and neurological signals and symptoms. Phobias are fears revolving around a particular object or subject matter. Panic attacks are sudden neurological reaction to a known or unknown source. Anxieties are anticipations of perceived consequences to life interactions, such as fear of ridicule, of making mistakes, of being misunderstood or taken advantage of. These processes can erode or create self esteem issues. They can also keep those needing assistance from reaching out for help. The fears stops them from taking the first step leading to the process of change.
Find Solutions to Overcome Anxiety
Important things to keep in mind when seeking therapy for anxiety disorders [/box][/one_half] Work with someone who knows how the mind and body interact, how neurological processes support or diminish the quality of life. This is particularly true for more challenging anxiety disorders such as OCD. Find a counseling service that fully respects your personal sensitivities and desires.
[box type=”info”] At Designed Thinking, we help our client’s comfortably address the real issues creating their fears and anxieties. In the end, they are more able to effectively process their thoughts and emotions. They feel a greater capability to cope with situations that in the past might have created anxiety
It is not just about changing your mind, it’s about changing the way your mind processes and associates fear. At Designed Thinking, our client’s experience a shift of focus, a restructuring of priorities, releasing old stuck patterns, allowing them the means of creating effective choice to better respond to situations and relationships. Call our toll free number 866-718-9995 and see how you can change.