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7 Types of Anxiety: Not all Anxiety is the Same

Anxiety is a totally normal response in daily life, it is a conditioned response that distinguishes us from inanimate objects. For example, when we feel hungry we have a feeling of anxiety, which preserves life.  The same is the case when an animal threatens us.  We tend to flee or defend ourselves, but when anxiety is shown disproportionately to the stimulus that caused it , or when it comes up for no apparent reason is when we are faced with a pathological situation.  Typically, this is when we seek and need help.

Usually the first answer is to go to anxiolytics, methods to reduce anxiety.  However, it is very important to find out the real triggers of anxiety so that we can feel and manage own our emotions again. That’s when we require the assistance of a professional. Anxiety of this kind deteriorates the quality of life; the world becomes a threat.

These manifestations can last a long time and/or present themselves intensely, leading to panic attacks and anxiety.  Many times, this can lead to an in individual to visit the emergency room in a hospital, where, of course, they do not discover physical problems.

Symptoms that usually occur include, but are not limited to:

  • Feeling nervous, agitated or strained
  • Feeling imminent danger, panic or catastrophe
  • Increased heart rate
  • Accelerated breathing (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Problems concentrating or thinking about anything other than the current concern
  • Having trouble falling asleep
  • Having gastrointestinal problems
  • Having difficulty controlling concerns
  • Having the need to avoid situations that create anxiety

The recommendation is to seek help for any of the following cases:

  • You feel like you’re worrying too much and that this interferes with your work, your relationships and other aspects of your life
  • Your fear, worry or anxiety causes you discomfort and you find it difficult to control them
  • You feel depressed, have problems with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health problems along with anxiety
  • You think your anxiety might be linked to a physical health problem
  • You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors (if so, seek emergency treatment immediately)

Anxiety-related disorders, according to DSM-V:

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder is linked to depression and is one of the most common psychological problems among the general population. It is characterized by a chronic concern regarding everyday difficulties that causes symptoms such as muscle tension, irritability, tiredness, concentration problems and sleep disturbances, so that it interferes with normal life.

  1. Anguish disorder (panic attacks)

Distress disorder is diagnosed when the person has recurrent distress crises. These episodes, which are also called “panic attacks,” consist of symptoms of very intense anxiety such as shortness of breath, tremors, dizziness and fear of dying.

  1. Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person is afraid of the possibility of suffering a crisis of distress in a situation from which it would be difficult to escape; this leads affected people to avoid many places and events.

  1. Specific Phobia

Specific phobias are intense and irrational fears of stimuli or situations; exposure to these causes’ feelings of anxiety and fear and promotes avoidance or flight. Although they are more common in children, specific phobias remain the most common psychological disorder among adults.

Among the most common types of phobia are fear of darkness, animals, blood, wounds and injections, planes or other means of transport, and aquaphobia or water phobia.

  1. Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

Social phobia is called “social anxiety disorder” by DSM-V. It is a type of anxiety derived from interaction with other people, and more specifically from the fear of being ridiculed in a public situation or negative assessments by others. The extreme version of this problem is avoidance personality disorder.

  1. Separation anxiety

It is normal for young children to feel some anxiety when they separate from their parents, at least at certain ages; the diagnosis of separation anxiety disorder is applied when this fact becomes pathological, associated with symptoms like those of distress crises.

  1. Selective mutism

As with separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism occurs primarily in children. It consists of an absence of verbal language with some people, for example, teachers or classmates, despite having the ability to use it correctly, and it has to do with shyness and social anxiety.

Again, anxiety can impact our well-being and our daily life.

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Living with Pain is a Hard Thing to Do

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting

Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, doo-doo, doo-doo, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

– The Beatles

“Sam, hold on, I can’t move” I desperately called out.


“I cannot move!!”

I was frozen in the parking lot of a supermarket and I needed some time.

That’s my first real memory of living with back pain, although I know that there were some other times before that.  I had been visiting one of my best friends in Carrollton more than 20 years ago and my back locking up was rare, but not an uncommon thing.  The pain left me, but then it would come back with revenge.

In 2014, a few months before my wedding, I was working out with a personal trainer when my back gave out as I was performing some deadlifts.  The pain was excruciating.  It felt as if thunderbolts were constantly striking my back and leaving a burning forest behind.  From then on, my back would not be the same for years.  The back pain would happen at any second, “whenever, wherever, we’re meant to be together” as a famous artist would sing.

In early 2017, I finally made my way to a chiropractor next door to my office.  Dr. Will performed x-rays and told me that my L5 lumbar and sacrum were almost fused since I was born.  He has helped relieve some of my pain since.  I did not feel my pain as constantly as before, but when I did, I wasn’t able to move or continue with my life as I wanted.

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Wired to connect. Wired to grow.

Dear reader, 

Are relationships feeling complicated?

As much as connecting is important and valuable, it can be a great source of conflict.  Sometimes, it’s assumed that being in a relationship should be natural, effortless or easy.  However, relationships require attention, effort, and development.  There are essentials ingredients to helping them work.

What research has shown is that we are wired to connect, both at a biological and intuitive level.  We need connection to survive and thrive.  But, what do we do when it’s just too complicated to get along?

There are ways to improve the quality of relationships.  The first step is to reflect on the quality of our current relationships.  Dr. Amy Banks, explains that a way to assess relationships is to rate and reflect on 4 ingredients such as: safety, acceptance, mirroring, and energy.

We are capable of improving the quality of relationships within what’s under our control.  There are variables that are simply not a reflection of us, but the other individual’s past and present circumstances.  With that said, that helps us know our own boundaries and how far we can develop a relationship without sacrificing our needs and dignity.

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