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How much do you really know about Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety as an emotion is something that, while in the minds of many it is not something pleasant, it is important to note that it has contributed to the historical evolution of the human species. In essence, it prepares the person, motivates him to immediately identify a danger and can be considered as a vigilance mechanism during his life. The rapid heart rate, the intense feeling of restlessness, the heightened senses, make the body ready to face and avoid dangers. But when anxiety takes on pathological dimensions, with the main symptom being fear, the person tends to interpret some stimuli as dangerous when in reality they are not and we can, as experts, talk about anxiety disorder. I must add that a complex behavioral phenomenon directly related to anxiety, phobia, has been studied over time. Phobias usually coexist with intense anxiety and frequent panic attacks. They are likely to be accompanied by irrational and excessive fear either due to over-analysis of possible contingencies or exposure to phobia-causing stimuli. People who experience phobias usually feel feelings of shame and embarrassment at high levels due to the reaction they show and the critical treatment of those around them. A fear can be irrational or excessive and last for a long time. In fact, the fear continues to exist even when there is no danger or the stimulus itself. This can be characterized as a phobia, with the result that the person has strong feelings of anxiety when encountering the phobic stimulus, experiencing a constant effort to escape from it. The person often understands that the phobia they feel is irrational and excessive, but they are unable to cope with it. A specific phobia can be defined as a persistent, intense, irrational or excessive fear of the thought or appearance of a very specific situation or object. The stimulus, from a thought or a phobic object, can trigger such anxiety in the person, that it "reaches" panic levels and many times they can even experience a panic attack. In specific phobias, the person understands the cause, when he turns to a mental health specialist, he is helped to clarify the reason for the appearance of his symptoms and slowly understands their root.


Only with the support of a professional, will the "knots" that keep the person stuck in a negative thought pattern and trapped in a life rigid and devoid of joy and creativity be untied.



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