“Fear and anxiety are absolutely normal states that help us avoid bad experiences”

Anxiety is a state that derives from the emotion of fear. Whenever we feel fear we generate a state of anxiety, which intensity varies according to the degree of fear we have. We feel fear whenever we anticipate a feeling of pain or discomfort resulting from the experience we are about to live. This prediction is made based on the analysis of the past experiences we lived.

Fear and anxiety are usual states that help us avoid bad experiences. Anxiety is a physical process that keeps us alert, creating a wakefulness state, in which by the release of adrenaline all our body gets prepared to react to external aggressions; and our brain becomes more agile in reasoning as an attempt to find a solution to deal with the fear.

Causes of Anxiety

Sometimes as our mind has been conditioned by traumatic experiences from the past, seeks to avoid the repetition of these experiences through an anxiety state, causing us discomfort when living experiences which we would prefer to be motivated to live. This happens when the past traumatic experiences gave wrong signals to our emotional structure. For example, a child who was victim of aggression in school can develop, in adulthood, socially withdrawn behaviours as unconsciously, social contact is offensive to that person.

The phenomenon of anxiety is manifested in emotional disorders such as:

  • Panic attacks;
  • Obsessions;
  • Social phobia, shyness;
  • Phobias;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Insomnia.

The most common symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Fatigue;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Pins and needles;
  • Feeling like your mind’s gone blank;
  • Dizziness or feeling faint;
  • Chest pain and/or irregular heartbeat;
  • Hot flushes, chills, sweating, damp hands;
  • Dry Mouth;
  • Tremors and twitches;
  • Muscle tension, aches;
  • Frequent urinating or diarrhoea;
  • Difficulty swallowing;
  • Feeling of lump in throat, something stuck;
  • Difficulties relaxing;
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia);
  • Stomach ache and/or vomiting;
  • Feelings of apprehension or dread.