We were not born with anxiety. It will be tough to live well when chronically ill and having anxiety also. Disorders can develop in childhood or adulthood. My anxiety developed while in high school. You might be someone who has been recently diagnosed with anxiety or have been living with anxiety for some time. Either way, it takes away so much of who you are deep inside. Coping with anxiety on a regular basis can be challenging. There are precursors to anxiety, but what are they? Long before the time in question, the person becomes preoccupied with numerous possibilities and outcomes. Constant worry can be severely debilitating. Over the decades of my adult life, I have been debilitated to the point I could not get out of bed for days, and sometimes weeks.
People can have difficulty concentrating on the present when they are engaged in worrying about the indefinite what-ifs. Because of this, people with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) lose focus on what they are doing quickly. Having restlessness often hinders a person with anxiety. Sitting with half-done work is a common trait while in the meantime mulling over insignificant possibilities. How many times have you tried to complete a project but stepped away because you no longer could focus and stay on task? I cannot tell you how much time was lost writing posts for my blog and social media accounts by being anxious and losing interest quickly.
They might check and cross-check details repeatedly. When unoccupied, they might also move about needlessly. When in especially stressful situations, personal relationships and work performance may become strained as a consequence. If therapy alone is not enough, a doctor might prescribe anti-anxiety medication. At the beginning of my diagnosis, I was prescribed group therapy before medication was prescribed. I remember being frightened and balking the whole idea of sitting in a room with people I did not know. Why would I share my anxiety, fears, and troubles with a group? But I must tell you, it was the best therapy to date I have ever been in. I still use the tools I was given in my daily life.
Indecisiveness is often found in people with anxiety disorders. They often exhibit nervousness when confronted with any choice. They often find it difficult to arrive at a satisfying decision. Routine activities like choosing an outfit for a special occasion or picking an item on the menu can be a lengthy process. Though very common, the latter symptom is not often recognized as symptomatic of an anxiety disorder. It is often written off as the person being choosy or finicky. Have you ever experienced one or both of these activities? Decision making can be a weak link but is one that can be mended. When your doctor or therapist gives you homework, I encourage you to do it and be persistent at getting it under control.
If you have ever lived with anxiety, you may have experienced this symptom: you also worry about being worrisome.
Because people are usually aware of their anxious nature, they will also stress about their mental state as well. For instance, when confronted with a future event, they worry about how stressed they are going to be. This has been my situation so many times. I have spent days and hours leading up to the event. It could be an upcoming family gathering, a luncheon with a friend, or a holiday dinner that can get me all riled up. I have gotten sick the day before or the day of a get-together. I have recently come to terms that I also have social anxiety. Do you worry about being worrisome? Has a vicious cycle ever become incapacitating for you?
For many people, although they are aware of their psychological tendencies, many do not realize they have anxiety. I want to offer you hope. I seldom have anxiety thanks to the tools and learning ways to work through it. If you feel you might have GAD, do not wait any longer to go to a doctor. If you feel you need more medically than what you are currently receiving, do not give up. Don’t stop seeking help. I encourage you to research the subject in medical journals online. Keep looking for help because general anxiety disorder is a condition that can be recognized and worked with.
Remember, you must become your own health advocate. Only you know the symptoms you are experiencing. Just think how nice your days will be without having constant anxiety and worry bringing you down. I have so much to offer. You will see challenges, worksheets, literature, checklists, and more coming your way soon.
I wish you enough…