Do you often feel like you are going to die for no reason? Do you shake, sweat and feel your heart race through your chest and wonder what is going on with you?
If you feel these types of issues then you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a very common disorder, affecting approximately 40 million people from around the world. Anxiety is not something that only certain types of people get or people from certain parts of the world. Anxiety can affect any of us at any time.
So how can you cope with anxiety? The first step is to make sure that the physical feelings that you are going through are anxiety and not another medical condition. Once you have seen a doctor and been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder you can start learning about how you can cope with it so that you can get back to living your life.
The first thing you must understand is that you are not dying! The most common feeling that individuals with anxiety face is that they think they are about to drop dead at any moment. This is not true. All that is happening is that your mind and body are preparing to run away from a potential threat or danger.
This danger is not real, and that is what anxiety essentially is–being afraid of things that are not really happening or are not as serious as believed.
Many people take medications for anxiety, which is not recommended. Medications only mask the symptoms for a short time. They do not cure anything and they are actually very addictive and can be dangerous if not taken properly. You can learn to deal with anxiety without having to take drugs or alcohol once you learn some essential tools that you can use to cope with life’s problems a little better.
Anxiety is a terrible disorder, but it does not mean the end of life. You can deal with your anxiety in a safe manner and go on to live a completely normal life. For more information on how to live with anxiety or addictions visit Northbound Treatment Services