It can be difficult to determine when the symptoms we may be experiencing are anxiety driven. This is because anxiety symptoms often mock major health events. In other words, it is not at all uncommon for a person who is an anxious state to feel as if he or she is having a heart attack.
Of course, anyone experiencing such feelings should be checked by a health professional. Only the medical community can determine if a person’s condition is one of dyer need, or if it is anxiety that is causing disquieting feelings.
It’s Not Your Health, Now What?
Once a person is assured that his or her health is not a major concern, he or she can start to recognize the symptoms as anxiety and then start to embark upon a recovery plan. Once assured that the rapid, heavy beating of the heart is an anxiety symptom, the suffer can then learn how to deal with this symptom.
Trying to ignore something that is so uncomfortable is difficult, but at least it is possible when the sufferer knows the inner workings of the heart are not in question. So, what is it that is making these feelings that are so horrible? The answer is: adrenaline.
When we are in an anxious state, adrenaline is flooding our bloodstreams. Adrenaline can cause many be horrible feelings. These feelings can mock that of a heart attack. Many people under the influence of adrenaline feel as though they are having a stroke. Other times, adrenaline can make a person see or hear things that are just not present in the environment. There is virtually no limit to the amount of terror adrenaline can wreak upon an unsuspecting person.
So how do we get into such a condition? A condition where adrenaline actually turns our lives upside-down? Getting to a point where adrenaline can actually hamper and in many cases control our lifestyle is a two-step process. In the first step we become nervous or overwrought for some reason. This reason is usually one of life’s common maladies.
Anxiety: Nervousness on Steroids!
Sometimes a death of the loved one, divorce, changing our environmental circumstances for unforeseen reasons, or even illness can put us into an overwrought condition. When overwrought, nervousness is normal. Simple nervousness can make us feel under the weather, for sure. When we get to this condition it is normal that we do not feel like ourselves.
When this happens, some of the manifestations of nervousness may start to bother us. To this point nothing very unusual has happened, and when left alone a return to our normal condition is inevitable. However, after this overwrought condition with these new unknown feelings bombard us dally, we often became afraid of these new manifestations. It is at this point that fear brings us from nervousness into anxiety.
In other words, once we become good and nervous we often became afraid of these unpleasant feelings this nervousness has introduced us to. So, this new fear of these manifestations in turn, causes the adrenaline flow to compound in our bloodstream. In short, anxiety is fear of fear.
If this pattern of compounding adrenaline flow is continued, other complications can occur. These complications include depression and agoraphobia; which is a condition where a person is afraid to leave the home.
Once anxiety reaches this level, professional help is usually needed. However, it is possible to prevent the illness from becoming this far advanced when we recognize in the early stages that adrenaline is playing tricks on us and this is a normal condition, which is no cause for alarm.