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Anxiety Through the Years: It Can’t Just be in the Head

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Anxiety Through the Years: It Can’t Just be in the Head


Anxiety is a prevalent condition among adults, says the NIMH. In fact, about 28.81 percent of adults in the United States are diagnosed to have one or more types of anxiety – generalized anxiety disorder, social and other phobias, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – at some point in their lives.

These conditions may be caused by a host of factors. Based on the results of an NIMH study, about half of these develop as a result or in relation to a childhood or adolescence condition. This underscores the fact that juvenile anxiety may persist or breed other conditions when left untreated.

“It’s Just in the Head”

People who truly care may try and convince you that “it’s all in the head,” meaning you can will the symptoms to dissipate by nipping the negative thoughts or by fighting the symptoms. It gives the implication that it is not real and that the thoughts of anxiety, fear or panic are just that – thoughts.

Being a mental health concern, anxiety may literally be considered to be “in your head” since most symptoms take root from the brain. However, to say that “anxiety is just in the head” is an overwhelming simplification of the condition. It disregards a number of realities that people who have no experience of the condition may fail to understand.

Anxiety is For Real!

There are biological and physical components that make anxiety real. One of these is the imbalance in the neurotransmitters that’s causing altered thinking. These are brain chemicals, such as serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) that convey information to regulate or participate in a function. These chemical messengers are among the reasons anxiety is hard to control by simply willing it or by logical thinking.

Hormones also have profound effects on anxiety, making certain groups (those undergoing puberty or menopause) more vulnerable. There are also physical conditions that may trigger, increase risk or worsen anxiety, such as the ailing senior adults. Though they are less vulnerable to anxiety, about 20 percent of anxiety in this age group has been linked to side effects caused by taking medications or due to physical problems.

Finding Real Professional Help

Despite the mental component of anxiety, it is not just a figment of your imagination that you can shake away. This is why you can’t just snap out of it nor can you will it to go away. Know, however, that even when the symptoms aren’t just in your mind, they are treatable. Rather than heed the advice of well-meaning relatives and friends who may think that anxiety symptoms are not real, seek the help of expert therapists independently contracted by Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC who can help you get your anxiety under control for real.


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