12 Things High Functioning Anxiety Makes you Do video

05.07.2020

On many occasions we stigmatize emotions until they become ballasts that accompany our daily narrative, this behavioral anomaly of our mind generates behaviors that seem to go against the well-being that we long for.

Ignorance of the meaning of emotions causes us to qualify our behaviors by summarizing them simply; As if we put seasonal and dried fruits in the same bag and put them on our shoulders, at the end of an undetermined time the churumbre runs down our legs, to finish throwing the whole bag without eating the fruit. 

Let's talk about anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, and restlessness. It can make you sweat, feel restless and tense, and have palpitations. It can be a normal reaction to stress. For example, you may feel anxious when faced with a difficult problem at work, before taking an exam, or before making an important decision. While anxiety can help you cope with a situation, in addition to giving you an energy boost or helping you focus, for people with anxiety disorders, fear is not temporary and can be overwhelming.

Anxiety is an emotion that arises when a person feels in danger, whether the threat is real or imagined. It is a normal or adaptive response, which prepares the body to react to an emergency situation. Therefore, it has a very important function related to survival, along with fear, anger, sadness or happiness. To preserve their physical integrity in the face of threats, a fight or flight reaction.

From this point of view, anxiety is considered a positive sign of health, which helps in everyday life, as long as it is a response to solve dangers or specific problems of everyday life.

Types of anxiety

Generalized anxiety 

It is normal to feel anxious at times, especially if your life is stressful. However, excessive and continuous anxiety and worry that are difficult to control and interfere with daily activities can be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder.

It is possible to have a generalized anxiety disorder in childhood or in adulthood. Generalized anxiety disorder has symptoms similar to panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety, but they are all different diseases.

Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a long-term challenge. In many cases, it occurs along with other anxiety or emotional disorders. In most cases, generalized anxiety disorder improves with psychotherapy or medication. It can also be helpful to make lifestyle changes, learn to cope with challenges or situations, and practice relaxation techniques. 

Pathological anxiety 

In modern advanced societies, this innate characteristic of the human being has developed pathologically and, in some cases, forms symptomatic pictures that constitute the so-called anxiety disorders, which have negative and very unpleasant consequences for those who suffer from it. Among anxiety disorders are the phobias, the obsessive-compulsive disorder, a panic disorder, with agoraphobia, the PTSD, the generalized anxiety disorder, the social anxiety disorder, etc. The stage frightit is a form of social anxiety, which manifests itself in front of groups and before the imminence of having to express themselves in public or by the effect of imagining such action. In the case of generalized anxiety disorder, pathological anxiety is experienced as a diffuse sensation of anguish or fear and the desire to flee, without the sufferer being able to clearly identify the danger or cause of this feeling. This pathological anxiety is a result of the problems of various kinds that the person faces in their daily life, and above all of their internalized ideas about their problems.

Difference between normal and pathological anxiety

Normal anxiety is adaptive and allows the person to respond to the stimulus appropriately. It appears before real or potential stimuli (not imaginary or non-existent). The reaction is proportionally qualitative and quantitative, in time, duration and intensity.

Pathological anxiety is when the stimulus exceeds the adaptive capacity of the body's response and a non-adaptive, intense and disproportionate response appears, which interferes with daily functioning and decreases performance. It is accompanied by an unpleasant and unmotivating sensation, physical and psychological symptoms, and persists beyond the reasons that have triggered it.

Pathological anxiety has the following characteristics: it manifests itself intensely, prolongs and maintains itself in time longer than it should. , appears spontaneously without a triggering stimulus (endogenously), arises when stimuli that should not generate the anxiety response and an inadequate response to the stimulus that arises. The boundary between normal anxiety and pathological anxiety is not easy to define and can vary between individuals based on personality traits or, above all, based on what has been described as an «anxiety-prone cognitive style ». 

The diagnostic criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth and fifth editions (DSM-IV and DSM-5, respectively), indicate that anxiety should be considered pathological when «Anxiety, worry or physical symptoms cause clinically significant discomfort or social, work or other important areas of activity." It is useful to distinguish between "state" anxiety, which is episodic and transient, and "trait" anxiety, which is persistent and may reflect an "anxiety-prone" personality.

A distinction can be made between trait anxiety and state anxiety. Trait anxiety is a relatively stable personality characteristic (over time and in different situations). The anxiety trait refers to the individual's tendency to react anxiously. The most anxious people have a marked trait of anxiety, so they tend to perceive a large number of situations as dangerous or threatening, and to respond to these threatening situations with states of anxiety of great intensity. State anxiety refers to a temporary and fluctuating emotional state in time. The level of an anxiety state should be high in circumstances that are perceived by the individual as threatening and low in non-threatening situations, or in circumstances where there is still danger.

The misunderstanding of generalized anxiety

"Anxiety is not a disease or disorder" 

Generalized anxiety is a misunderstanding of the body-mind system.

Misunderstandings are not "treated" or "cured"

Misunderstandings are seen are understood. Once seen understood, the person is the same as before, even stronger because now he has a powerful new understanding that will always accompany him.

Psychologist Blas Ramón offers us "Three thoughts to alleviate anxiety" and "Readings to face it"

Fear passes from man to man without knowing it, like a leaf passes its trembling to another. Suddenly the whole tree trembles and there is no trace of wind - Charles Simic-
  1. "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at, they change too"
  2. "The moment we decide and start dealing with and treating our anxiety problem, we start to feel better."
  3. "When we are very afraid of something that seems imminent, we will always feel relief when the problem has already arrived"

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