That horror that flows in your veins; the increase in your pulse, the confusion of the mind, the hotness of the atmosphere, the anxiety of what is coming. That feeling is not what can be explained. No one wants to experience it.
What causes this feeling? Honestly, we can’t trace it down to one thing. But all we can say is that it is a reaction from an action.
Is tension different from fear? Yes! Lots of people tend to misunderstand the two. Let’s bring it down to a lay man’s language; tension is anxiety. Now, is anxiety and fear the same thing? Ofcourse not. We get anxious when we are worried about the future, past or present. Fear is an emotional response to a known or definite threat.
If you’re walking down a dark street, for example, and someone points a gun at you and says, “This is a robbery,” then you’d likely experience a fear response. The danger is real, definite, and immediate. There’s a clear and present object of the fear.
Although the focus of the response is different (real vs. imagined danger), fear and anxiety are interrelated. When faced with fear, most people will experience the physical reactions that are described under anxiety. Fear causes anxiety, and anxiety can cause fear. But the subtle distinctions between the two give you a better understanding of your symptoms and may be important for treatment strategies.
Anxiety or tensions comes with uncomfortable sensations which may include:
- Muscle pain and tension
- Sleep disturbances
- Tightness felt throughout the body, especially in the head, neck, jaw, and face
- Chest pain
- Ringing or pulsing in ears
- Excessive sweating
- Shaking and trembling
- Cold chills or hot flushes
- Accelerated heart rate
- Numbness or tingling
- Upset stomach or nausea
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling like you’re going insane
- Dizziness or feeling faint
These two factors are very deadly. Fortunately, we are ordained with different abilities and resistance is one of them.
Getting Help for Fear and Anxiety
Fear and anxiety are associated with many mental health conditions. These feelings of most often linked to anxiety disorders, such as specific phobias, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.
Approximately 20% of U.S. adults experience symptoms of an anxiety disorder during any given year, and women tend to experience these symptoms more often than men. Because of this, experts now recommend that all women over the age of 13 should be screened for anxiety conditions. If you are having symptoms of fear and anxiety that have become unmanageable, make an appointment with your doctor.
Your doctor will want to discuss your current symptoms and your medical history to help determine a possible cause of your fear and anxiety. From there, expect your doctor to make a diagnosis or refer you to a specialty treatment provider for further assessment. Once diagnosed, you can start on a treatment plan that can assist in reducing and controlling your fear and anxiety.
Fear is a toment.– the Holy Bible
Tell me your most tensed moments and how you dealt with them. Also describe how you helped a friend deal with fear.
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