Is Anxiety a Temporary Thing?
Having lived with various forms of anxiety for most of my 61 years, I can answer with a firm… maybe? 🤷🏼♂️
Let me clarify.
Anxiety can be a temporary issue for some arising in only the most stressful of situations, while others like me, can have it visit them repeatedly throughout their lives. No one knows why this is.
It could be that for many, anxiety is a severe issue for far more people than care to admit. It’s not easy to ‘come out’ as someone with a mental health issue. It can be embarrassing for some, shameful for others and kept inside where it can manifest into other disease states.
Anxiety is a Shapeshifter
More likely, however, it’s due to the various forms anxiety takes on. It’s shapeshifter os sorts, coming in many varieties, including social anxiety, existential anxiety, test anxiety, somatic anxiety, and many others.
The physiological symptoms of anxiety may include:
Neurological, as headache, paresthesias, vertigo, or feeling faint (presyncope)
Digestive, as abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, dry mouth, or bolus
Respiratory, as shortness of breath or sighing breathing
Cardiac, as palpitations, tachycardia, or chest pain
Muscular, as fatigue, tremors, or tetany
Cutaneous, as sweaty, or itchy skin
Uro-genital, as frequent urination, urinary urgency, painful sexual intercourse, or impotence
Regardless of the Type, You Should Seek Treatment
By treatment, I mean that you should talk to either a qualified mental health practitioner such as a therapist or other counselor trained in treating anxiety and stress-related issues or speak to your physician.
I can’t stress this enough because, as described above, anxiety may present and be perceived as a life-threatening disorder like a heart attack or a seizure. I used to experience panic attacks where I’d nearly lose consciousness (presyncope) and become short of breath, experience profuse sweating, and heart palpitations. Some episodes were so severe, I thought I was going to die.
Getting qualified mental health or medical opinions is the first step toward establishing coping mechanisms that can decrease the severity and fear surrounding anxiety attacks in whatever form they present for you.
Whether anxiety is a one night stand or a perpetual partner, seeking help and treatment is essential for establishing methods and practices to help cope with it when it visits.
This number will connect you to a mental health professional and can be the first step toward living a better quality of life, even with anxiety. They will listen to your issue and supply resources in your area.