Anxiety Summary


Anxiety is a general feeling of uneasiness, dread, uncertainty and fear in response to a real, anticipated or imagined threat that follows around approximately 25 million American like that needy relative that you just can’t seem to get rid of. While a certain degree of anxiety is perfectly normal, too much can cause a person to spiral out of control, developing a number of different types of anxiety disorders. Some experts estimate that a staggering one out of every 4 Americans may suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind.

While the above numbers likely will make most people take note it must be pointed out that no one can live a life free of anxiety. Many people believe that it takes a serious disease or intense mental or physical injury to trigger this condition. That couldn’t be farter from the truth. Mundane everyday occurrences like crossing a busy road, hailing a cab, or even joyous events such as starting a family are enough to activate the body’s anxiety mechanisms. Ironically, often times it is how a person is able to handle it. For some it is what adds a spark to life while others may look at the same exact situation and be sick with nervousness or fear. Some people love skydiving but for those afraid of heights jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet would truly be a frightening event.

Anxiety producing events come in many different forms but for this informational article we will list ten physical conditions linked to a general feeling or uneasiness, dread, and uncertainty and twelve social adjustment triggers that can put you on pins and needles.

*Physical conditions: Asthma, autoimmune disease, cancer, common cold, heart disease, depression, diabetes, headaches, hypertension, and these are just of few conditions.

*Social adjustment triggers: The death of a spouse, divorce, marital separation, incarceration, death of a close family member, personal injury or illness, marriage, job termination, marital reconciliation, retirement, change in health of a family member, and pregnancy.

In summary, all of us must realize that life is going to send quite a bit of anxiety our way; ultimately it is how we manage it that determines whether we will be able to face the challenge head on or not. For most, professional help and/or some form of treatment is necessary.

Additionally, many people are turning to herbs such as St. John’s Wort and Passionflower as a natural way to help manage mild to moderate anxiety. For most herbal remedies for anxiety are safe, effective, and affordable options worth considering.

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