No therapeutic claims are made regarding the information in this article. The concepts and techniques described in this article are not intended as a substitute for professional medical attention from your doctor or counselor. You are responsible for seeking proper medical care.
The author is not a licensed mental health practitioner. You should seek proper medical attention.
No article or technique will work for everyone. Frankly, the attention and treatment of a counselor are irreplaceable. You should seek professional help if you feel overwhelmed, suicidal, homicidal or continuously enraged. If you don't have a therapist call 911 or go to the nearest hospital to get help. Medical attention is mandatory.
Other problems like bipolar manic depression require medication and proper guidance. I also advise you to get help if you've worked with this book for three or four weeks and your symptoms haven't improved. Professional counseling can help you regain your harmony.
Don't feel ashamed, or embarrassed, to ask for help. Living with more control requires coaching and training. Just like an athlete requires the direction of a coach to win, sometimes we need a coach to show us what we're doing wrong and how to fix it.
Everyone knows what anxiety is. Regardless of color, creed, religious affiliation, or societal status everyone has had a moment of worry and the inevitable nervous feeling that comes a few seconds later. Often, this type of anxiety is short-lived and nothing more than a nuisance.
Anxiety becomes a problem when it hinders us from doing what we want or keeps us from growing and developing as a human being. The good news is that counselors and therapists better equipped today than they were just ten years ago. Today we have access to a variety of drugs that target different types of anxiety, fears, and depression. The combination of medication and good counsel have helped millions of people worldwide, and I suspect the trend will continue.
Do you have anxiety? Here's a brief description of how people generally feel anxiety.
This a mental pattern that induces a person to worry about work, family, finances continually, and relationships. Constant worry causes a person to sense a sinking feeling in the stomach. Sometimes you may feel like something terrible is about to happen.
This kind of anxiety may express itself when encountering situations like flying, being near water, heights, enclosed spaces, insects, or dogs.
If you freeze when you need to speak in public, take a test, or compete in any way, you've endured performance anxiety.
Feeling nervous and self-conscious in front of people because you think everyone else is confident about themselves and you're not. You might even think your shyness is on full display for everyone to see. Then you go into a downward spiral of self-judgment.
Often panic attacks appear to come from nowhere. They make your heart race, cause shortness of breath, induce cold sweats, you feel dizzy, and may produce tingling in the fingers. You may feel faint, or light-headed. Panic attacks can subside as quickly as they appear.
Agoraphobia happens frequently and is very common. Agoraphobia is the fear of leaving a perceived safe place like a home to a place or situation that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment. You may fear going to a store, being in a crowd, large open spaces, or public transportation.
Obsession and Complusiveness (OCD)
An obsession, or obsessions, are excessive thoughts that lead to compulsions or repetitive behavior. If for example, you have excessive thoughts about germs you may wash your hands over and over all day.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The most common explanation to PTSD is the difficulty in recovering after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. A traumatic event can haunt our memory months, even years, later.
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
BDD is characterized by the obsessive belief that some aspect of one's own body. A person will obsess over the appearance of a body part and seek extreme measures to hide or fix it, despite the assurance of others.
This anxiety is also known as the health anxiety. This fear springs from the obsessive notion of having a severe but undiagnosed medical condition. A person may consult with doctors who may never find the cause of symptoms.
If you can relate to any of the symptoms listed above you may have anxiety and Christian meditation may be what you need to start letting go of some of the mental patterns that keep you from being happy.