Anxiety is NOT a random, unknown, or uncontrollable disease or illness.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and fear. Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree. Anxiety is caused by our thinking patterns.
For example, Webster’s dictionary defines anxiety as:
- A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
- A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
Anxiety by itself is NOT a disease or illness, but turns into condition when a person becomes physically, psychologically, emotionally, or spiritually symptomatic, fearful, or distraught because of it.
Worry is anxiety, also. The Webster’s dictionary defines worry as: a troubled state of mind, anxiety, distressed, persistent mental uneasiness.
Worry results from fearful thinking about a future event or circumstance.
While the effects of anxiety may feel like a random, unknown, and uncontrollable disease, it’s actually quite controllable. The problem is that most people don’t know how.
Anxiety conditions appear for specific reasons and have definite underlying reasons why they persist. Once these reasons and underlying factors are properly addressed, anxiety conditions can be eliminated.
Anxiety conditions persist only because the underlying factors that cause them aren’t properly addressed. That’s why those who take medication as their only form of treatment generally remain on medication long term, or find themselves going on and coming off over and over again. Unless the underlying factors are properly addressed, anxiety will almost always persist or return.
Working with an experienced anxiety professional (an anxiety coach or counsellor, or psychologist who has personally conquered anxiety in his or her own life and is medication-free) produces the most effective results. I myself had suffered many years of anxiety until I learnt to deal with the underlying factors. I am pleased to say since training to be a counsellor many years ago now, I have been anxiety free. This has driven me on to do many good and exciting new things in my life.