Anxiety: can we rise above it?

Anxiety is defined as fear without any objects. That is to say the same reaction (fear), but we do not know the source of it. Distress, the desire of escaping, forced coping are within us, but we do not know from whom do we want to escape or against whom the coping is directed.

Anxiety is thus a diffuse, uncomfortable feeling resulting in an overall tense condition. This constant tension makes then sleeping, eating and relaxing difficult. Many people discover that since their sleep is not relaxing, they are constantly getting tired both physically and mentally and would almost always sleep: but they still cannot relax while they are asleep. This type of frustration then favours any disease, so anxious people are more-likely to get infections.

Anxiety can be so strong that social phobia sufferers often hold back, even if they are aware of the disadvantages. If they are forced to confront these situations, a severe anxiety attack (fast heartbeat, fainting, erubescence, sweating) or a high degree of retardation, paralysis may occur. These factors of course just boost the tensions. It is thus evident that social phobia sufferers do not only suffer from the symptoms of anxiety but -to avoid unpleasant situations- they narrow down largely their living-space too. For them, the apartment, the family atmosphere is a secure medium, they are afraid of new acquaintances, environments and contacts.

What about the internet? e.g.

Arizona researchers studied how people respond to a personal meeting after being previously acquainted with the person on the Internet. It turned out that during a personal encounter, the participants’ negative excitement increased, which -according to experts- may be associated with increasing anxiety. Researchers from the Benedictine University at Mesa that was control of Shannon-Rauch fitted 26-female university learners with electrodes which were measuring the degree of physiological excitement with the help of GSR.

The students were put into four-groups and were asked to memorise another female student’s face to prepare for a face recognition task. Members of the first group had to look at another person’s face on their FB profile-page.The second group checked the face of the person who stayed in a same room face to face. Members of the third group first saw the FB photo, and then met personally with the other woman. Members of the fourth group first met in person with the other student, and then looked at the Facebook photos. It turned out that those who first watched the FB photos and then met the person privately felt an increased excitement. This was especially true for those who have already achieved a high score on the test measuring social anxiety. “This kind of anxiety resulting from social comparison can lead to an increased excitement when a person for stimulus is present” -the researchers wrote.

What is the solution? Should I choose medication or not? This is always a huge dilemma for the suffering human. Of course, it is better to minimise the amount of toxic substance getting into the organism, so if not necessary, do not take medications. However, there are times when the suffering and the pressure is so big that medication is needed to attenuate the anxiety of the suffering person. Thus, a psychotherapy sequence can be started in which the drug treatment may be gradually stopped. The treatment of panic disorder is usually a long procedure, but it is effective. The chances of recovery are good. Slowly but surely, the patient can return to normal daily activities.