Anxiety: 15 Misunderstood Facts (Part 1)

Anxiety is a medical condition that is becoming more and more common these days, and we have come to fill you in on all the misunderstood facts about this complicated diagnosis. This disorder can come in quite a variety of forms, so it’s needless to say it can be a bit confusing to understand. Whether you have been diagnosed, are experiencing symptoms, or are just curious about the fight against this condition, we have all of the most crucial information for you right here! Don’t forget to return for our part two article, coming soon to explain the top eight misunderstood facts about anxiety!

Number Fifteen: Anxiety is not Rational

If you have never experienced symptoms of anxiety, it can be especially trying to understand what a person with this disorder is going through. This condition causes a thought process that is in no way rational, and every person who has it knows that. The hard part is, they simply can’t control how they react. This mental condition is an emotional reaction, and cannot be controlled any more than you can control being sad after your boyfriend (or girlfriend) dumps you.

Number Fourteen: It Can Be Physically Painful

It is no doubt that it can be emotionally difficult to overcome the side-effects of this condition, but most people are unaware that anxiety attacks take a physical toll as well. Because these attacks are a result of emotional distress, the natural reactions that a body undergoes to control the effect can be extremely painful. Many affected people claim to feel an intense tightening of the chest to a point where they cannot breathe, and this is often accompanied by headaches, nausea, muscle tension, insomnia, intense vertigo, exhaustion, and heart palpitations.

Number Thirteen: Differences in Diagnosis

Contrary to prejudice belief, there are all kinds of forms that this disorder may take. Among the classifications for anxiety are generalized, social, bipolar, phobia-based, genetic, and trauma-based. Because of all of the diverse methods of coming upon this condition, there is a myriad of techniques in coping with it. However, there is no universal cure for all types.

Number Twelve: A Link to Depression

Having one disorder may not indicate that you have the other, but there are certain similarities that can actually lead to the development of the other. The overproduction or underproduction of certain chemicals within the brain is a major cause for the onset of both of these disorders, so it makes sense that they often go hand in hand.

Number Eleven: Anxiety is a Personality Trait

Because this condition is classified as a disorder, many people assume that this quality is a sickness that needs to be cured, or there is something wrong with you; it’s not, and there isn’t. Just like optimism, pessimism, nervousness, courage, extroversion, introversion, and even depression are all personality traits, anxiety is as well. Having this condition does not change who you are as a person, it has built the person that you are by shaping your perspectives and giving you life experience. Above all, this concept is the hardest for affected and non-affected persons alike to understand.

Number Ten: Don’t Assume to Know What’s Best

When it comes to interacting with or comforting an anxious person, it takes patience and intuition. Anxious feelings can be spontaneous and confusing, even to the person who is having them. It is absolutely key to keep your calm when they can’t, and to not assume that you know what they need or are feeling. If you really want to understand, just ask them what they feel would be helpful for them.

Number Nine: It isn’t Rooted to Childhood Issues

While many people who experience this condition may have had poor childhoods, that isn’t a defining characteristic of anxious feelings. In fact, a large portion of known cases are from people who claim to have a great childhood. Don’t forget to return for our part two article, coming soon to explain the top eight misunderstood facts about anxiety!