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When To See A Doctor For Your Anxiety

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Anxiety, according to the dictionary is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. When you feel anxious about anything, you will react differently to the situation up to the point of being irrational sometimes.

A study shows that anxiety is a common experience at some point in their lives of 1 in every 6 young people around the world. And you may not be exempted on this. Probably you went through a lot of anxious events in your life and it is but common for you to experience anxiety. While some consider this a common situation, psychologists and psychiatrists consider this a disorder. In fact, it has been classified into several types.

Looking at your present condition, what makes you anxious? Well, there are anxieties that can be controlled and there are some that might proceed to being serious, and you have to be aware of that. I am talking about a certain anxious condition that you are experiencing right now that needs medical attention. Though nowadays the main cause of anxiety is not yet determined, some experts claim that traumatic experiences can lead to anxiety. Another study shows that people with higher IQ are less likely to become anxious, though this is debatable.

Evaluate yourself right now. And if you think you are experiencing one or more of the things listed below, it is recommended for you to seek medical attention.

Your worry interferes with several areas of your life. There are times when you cannot concentrate with your job because you are worrying too much. And if you are experiencing this, it is not a productive kind of life. Imagine the havoc you can cause to the company you are working with if your thoughts are not on your job but on the things you are anxious with. If you are experiencing this kind of situation, you need to seek medication.

Another area of your life that may be affected with your worry is your relationship. Whether it is a relationship with your family, friends, or special someone, it is not good for it to be put into peril. Fight for your healthy relationship and do not let your worry destroy it. Your worries may be huge or small, but if you are experiencing this irrationally, something should be done.

Your worry is hard to control. Worrying cannot be stopped. Yes, and if it’s time for you to worry, no matter what you do, even if you close your eyes, the worry still continue. While worrying cannot be stopped, it can be controlled to the point that you will behave normally.

Care to evaluate yourself. Is your worry upsetting you that much? If it does, you need to see a doctor for this. It is hard to live a kind of life upset. Well, all of us, at some point of our lives, experienced being upset at something. But if our worries can be irrationally upsetting, that is an alarm.

When your worry is hard to control, it is about time to ask for an expert’s assistance because that may lead to serious conditions like the things that I will mention below.

Your worry leads to depression. Being depressed is possible when you worry. In fact, if you are experiencing depression, that is an implication that your worry is serious. We have published an article about depression in this website as well as the ways on how are you going to overcome it.

Too many people got serious problems because of anxiety turned to depression. And if you are depressed, the tendency is you are going to think more negative thoughts that can be harmful to your mental health. Depression is a serious condition. While people take the term lightly, it is not an easy situation. This requires medical attention.

Your worry pushes you to take drugs and alcohol. The reason why you would like to take drugs and alcohol when you are worrying is because you want to get rid of it. And this is not a good idea of getting rid of worries. Aside from the fact that you are going to increase your anxiety, your physical health will also be affected.

Be aware of your actions when you are worrying. Do not let your worry introduce you to a new kind of problem. Be sure to be wise in making decisions whether you will take drugs and alcohol or not. And if you are in this kind of situation wherein you are tempted to do so, it is high time for you to call a doctor. This is not normal anymore.

Your worry is affecting your health. Excessive worry can lead to serious health problems. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) enumerated several health problems caused by excessive worrying:

  • Anxiety
  • Backaches
  • Cardio-vascular problems
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Increase in blood sugar levels
  • Increased rapid heartbeat and heart palpitations
  • Irritable bowel problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Respiratory problems and heavy breathing
  • Sleep problems
  • Tension headaches or migraines
  • Upset stomach, ulcers and acid reflux
  • Weakening of the immune system, making you more likely to have colds or other infections
  • Worsening of skin conditions, such as eczema

When you worry too much, your health will also be affected. And it is so alarming that the things that are written above can happen to you if you worry that much. Well, worrying can be mental or psychological, but look at how it impacts your physical condition if it is excessive.

If your physical health is already affected by your excessive worrying, you need to call a doctor. Do not wait for you to experience more health problems before doing anything. It pays to be safe.

Your worry is giving you suicidal thoughts. If you have thoughts of having suicide because of your worry, that is alarming. The best thing to do is to seek emergency treatment. This is probably the worst effect of worrying.

If you know someone who is in this kind of situation, say a relative or friend of yours, it is important to tract that person. Well, sometimes it is not easy to determine if someone has a suicide tendency due to worry. I have read an article published by speakingofsuicide.com and they have provided some smart actions to do to know if someone is suicidal along with immediate actions:

  • Ask the friend or family member if he or she thinks of suicide, even if you are afraid to do so, and even if you are afraid you are overreacting.
  • Listen – really listen – to their response. Don’t jump in with advice, reassurance, or problem solving, at least not right away.
  • Take steps to get the person help.

I believe the three things mentioned above are simple yet effective ways to tract if someone is suicidal.

So, we have gone a long way discussing about anxiety. It started from a simple worry up to the point of taking the worry to a higher level.

In addition to this article, there are foods that lessen anxiety. Yes, you read it right. If your anxiety causes you to eat too much, these foods listed by mindbodygreen.com are good to eat because they reduce anxiety:

  • Oysters – for proper neurotransmitter function and adaptation to stress.
  • Chamomile tea – for its natural calming effect.
  • Rooibos Tea – a delicious way to bring a natural calm to your day.
  • Full-Fat Kefir – because it’s home to 95% of your “feel good” hormone serotonin.
  • Turkey – because of its tryptophan which in the form of meat, has been shown to reduce anxiety disorders.
  • Turmeric – have a neuroprotective quality and help enhance your mood.
  • Organ Meats – the best sources of nutrients needed to beat anxiety, like zinc and vitamin D.
  • Avocados – great for brain health and anxiety.
  • Dark Chocolate – a dark chocolate drinker is calmer than those who are not.
  • Asparagus – contains the specifically beneficial B vitamin, folic acid.
  • Adaptogenic Herbs – optimize brain-adrenal function.
  • Leafy Greens – rich in magnesium, the natural “chill pill,” which also helps regulate the brain-adrenal axis.
  • Fatty Meat – Omega-3 fats have been shown to decrease anxiety.

Why go to the doctor when you can stop your anxiety by eating these delicious foods. As an advice, look at the positive side of life. Sometimes what you are worrying about isn’t real. Well, I am not saying that after reading this article you are already free from anxiety. But at least, by reading this one, you will have a greater understanding of your condition and the actions that you will take. Be safe always. It is important to have someone beside you to talk to and share your problems with. Do not just carry your problem all alone. You have friends and family member out there who are ready to extend their helping hands if you will just be honest with them regarding your condition.

Again, do not wait for the moment wherein you need to call the doctor to cure your anxiety. Do something.

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