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Stress

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in EMDR

Stress is one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated problems in modern life.  In this article, we’ll be interchanging the word “stress” with “tension”, “stiffness”, and “tautness”.  Tension can lead to an extreme headache.  Tension headache is the most common type of a headache.  This type of a headache can cause mild or moderate pain in the head, neck, and behind the eyes. Some patients say that a tension headache feels like a tight band around their foreheads.Diet, sleep, and exercise are all important, but mental and physiological stress will undermine your best attempts at anything unless you manage them.

examining_StressYou don’t have to go to the same lengths that most people did, but you will get better results just by taking some simple steps mentioned below.

Stress is the disruption of homeostasis and is not always bad. In regards to exercise, stress is needed to produce training adaptations. In order to learn, you need to stress your brain in new ways — learning a new language, solving a math problem, creating a new business/product, etc.. Humans are designed to handle small, intermittent bouts of stress. When tension becomes chronic, it becomes a disease.

You may feel there’s nothing you can do about tension. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding.  But you have more control over tension than you might think.  Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems.  No matter how tensed your life seems to be, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.

Problem of Stress and Tension

Tension holds you back in all aspects of life. It weakens your immune system, costs you precious time that should be spent enjoying life.  Stiffness hurts your interpersonal relationships and alienates others. It decreases your ability to make rational decisions and perform at work. Tension sucks.

It’s easy to identify sources of tension following a major life event such as changing jobs, moving home, or losing a loved one, but pinpointing the sources of everyday tension can be more complicated.  It’s all too easy to overlook your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to your tension levels.  Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines, but maybe it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that is causing the stiffness.

Stress can advance to dangerous levels, threatening your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. When it does, feelings of isolation and helplessness can be amplified to heights you may have never experienced before. In such a scenario, outreach, whatever form it takes, has to be your anchor. Here are some emergency symptoms to watch out for, all of which might suggest an intense level of stress that requires an intervention of some kind. From there, we explore the organizations and people you can turn to in order to receive support and treatment when you need it.

Stress is an epidemic.  It is one of the most widespread and debilitating conditions in the world, yet many people act as if it is completely natural.  If there was one thing that could be called the antithesis of The Bulletproof Executive — it is stress.  Tension sucks up the reserves you should be using to create more resilience. Stress may even trigger the onset of dementia. In one study, 5 72 percent — nearly three out of four — Alzheimer’s patients had experienced severe emotional tautness during the two years preceding their diagnosis.

Tension is most likely to be harmful when the following conditions are present: it feels against your will, out of your control and utterly devoid of meaning. If you can change any of these conditions – by finding some meaning in it – you can reduce the harmful effects of stress.

Signs And Symptoms of Stress

Physical symptoms of stress include such digestive disorders as those mentioned above, plus ulcers, heartburn and indigestion, headaches, high blood pressure, palpitations, breathing problems (such as asthma or hyperventilation), overheating, exhaustion and insomnia, back or muscle ache, skin rashes (such as hives or eczema­ma), excessive sweating, and nervous disorders (such as twitching, grinding teeth, or picking at skin).

At the same time, Cortisone has the effect of suppressing the immune system, so all immune defi­cient illnesses (from the common cold to cancer) can be directly or indirectly caused by stress.

The physical symptoms of stress are themselves distressing. In fact, the body’s response to stress can feel so bad that it produces additional mental stress. During the stress response, then, mind and body can amplify each other’s distress signals, creating a vicious cycle of tension and anxiety.

Types of Stress And Tension

Many types of stress are similar in essence but have different characteristics. For example, stress experienced by teenagers is probably no different than much of the stress adults have, but because teens tend to respond differently than adults to certain stressful situations there might be different ways to handle it.

There are different types of stress — eustress, acute and chronic stress disorders.

  1. Acute tension is the most common type of tension. It’s your body’s immediate reaction to a new challenge, event, or demand, and it triggers your fight-or-flight response.
    Severe acute tension such as tension suffered as the victim of a crime or life-threatening situation can lead to mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder.
  2. Episodic acute tension – When acute tension happens frequently, it’s called episodic acute tension. People who always seem to be having a crisis tend to have episodic acute tension.
  3. Chronic tension – If acute tension isn’t resolved and begins to increase or lasts for long periods of time, it becomes chronic tension. This tension is constant and doesn’t go away.

All of these types have effects on your body. Some types of effects of tension and stiffness on your health are helpful while some are harmful. The acute and chronic types can weaken your immune system. But the chronic type makes you more vulnerable to cancer.

Effects of Stress on the Body

Effects of stress on the body can also lead people to cope strategies that worsen their stress and their health. For example, some people smoke, overeat, or abuse alcohol or drugs as a reaction to stress. These strategies may seem to temporarily relieve stress, but they then contribute to overall poor health and risk factors for disease. Such methods of coping can snowball with stress into much higher risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

The effects of stress on the body are numerous and are risk factors for a number of medical conditions. However, a small amount of stress, especially in a dangerous situation can have certain beneficial consequences. One frequently reads of people who are able to do extraordinary things under stress, like lifting cars to free trapped children. Constant, or chronic stress, on the other hand, is often associated with health risks instead of benefits.

Other effects of stress on the body include an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and a redirection of blood flow to the muscles and brain. Normal digestive patterns tend to slow down because less blood flow is directed to the digestive tract. Chemicals that help form platelets also are released, and one may note perspiration, and tense muscles as being caused by stress.

Solution To Reduce or Eliminate Stress

By rewiring your brain using a newly found therapy called EMDR, and nervous system to handle tension more efficiently, you will become a more effective person in all walks of life, and the tension you do experience will be the kind that makes you stronger.

Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of pressure, but you don’t have to be an athlete or spend hours in a gym to experience the benefits. Just about any form of physical activity can help relieve pressure and burn away anger, tension, and frustration. Exercise releases endorphins that boost your mood and make you feel good, and it can also serve as a valuable distraction to your daily worries.

While the maximum benefit comes from exercising for 30 minutes or more, you can start small and build up your fitness level gradually. Short, 10-minute bursts of activity that elevate your heart rate and make you break out into a sweat can help to relieve worry and give you more energy and hopefulness. Even very small activities can add up over the course of a day. The first step is to get yourself up and moving.

Social engagement is the quickest, most efficient way to rein in pressure and avoid overreacting to internal or external events that you perceive as threatening.  Expressing what you’re going through can be very cathartic, even if there’s nothing you can do to alter the demanding situation. There is nothing more calming to your nervous system than communicating with another human being who makes you feel safe and understood. This experience of safety—as perceived by your nervous system—results from nonverbal cues that you hear, see and feel.

If tension happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease.  If you already have a health problem, stiffness may make it worse. It can make you moody, tense, or depressed. Your relationships may suffer, your sexual life could be affected, and you may not do well at work or school.

Stress is an unavoidable factor in our modern day lives. Practise many techniques like meditation, yoga, nature walking and others along with therapy, if need be. You should be more consistent with whichever route you decide to take.

stress_and_tension_breathing_exerciseBreathing is something we do on a daily basis. The body, in a living state, breathes involuntarily whether we are awake, sleeping, or actively exercising. Breathing is living. It is a vital function of life.

In yoga, we refer to this as pranayama . Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force and Ayama mean extending or stretching. Thus, the word “pranayama” translates to the control of life force. It is also known as the extension of breath. Every cell in our bodies needs oxygen to function properly. So it’s no surprise that research shows that a regular practice of controlled breathing can decrease the effects of stress on the body and increase overall physical and mental health.

Thus, the word “pranayama” translates to the control of life force. It is also known as the extension of breath. Every cell in our bodies needs oxygen to function properly. So it’s no surprise that research shows that a regular practice of controlled breathing can decrease the effects of stress on the body and increase overall physical and mental health.  If you ask me, I’ll tell you exercise is the best solution.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in EMDR, mental health

EMDR and Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder, otherwise know as SAD, also known as social phobia, is the most common anxiety disorder among other types of anxiety disorder.  It is one of the most common psychiatric disorders, with 12% of Americans having experienced it in their lifetime.

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It is known and labeled by intense fear in one or more social situations, causing considerable distress and impaired the ability to function in at least some parts of daily life.  Most people that go through anxiety attack rarely knows what is going on with them.

A person with social anxiety disorder is afraid that he or she will make mistakes, look bad, and be embarrassed or humiliated in front of others.  Most of these fear must have been triggered during childhood or adolescence stage of developing.  The fear may be made worse by a lack of social skills or experience in social situations.  The anxiety can build into a panic attack.  As a result of the fear, the person endures certain social situations in extreme distress or may avoid them altogether.  In addition, people with social anxiety disorder often suffer “anticipatory” anxiety — the fear of a situation before it even happens — for days or weeks before the event.  It can be really frustrating – coming from someone dealing with a family member suffering from social anxiety.  In many cases, the person is aware that the fear is unreasonable, yet is unable to overcome it.

The Power of Now - How to get rid of your shyness and insecurityPeople with social anxiety disorder or social phobia become very anxious and self-conscious in everyday social situations. They have an intense, persistent, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others, and of doing things that will embarrass them.  They can worry for days or weeks before a dreaded situation.  This fear may become so severe that it interferes with work, school, and other ordinary activities, and can make it hard to make and keep friends.  Although many people with social phobia realize that their fears about being with people are excessive or unreasonable, they are unable to overcome them on their own.

Social anxiety disorder or social phobia can be limited to one situation (such as talking to people, eating or drinking, or writing on a blackboard in front of others). Or, it may be so broad (such as in generalized social phobia) that the person experiences anxiety around almost everyone other than family members.  See what you can do to stop your social anxiety disorder.

THE CAUSES OF SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER

Just like any other anxiety disorder, it may be caused by several things ranging from different factors.  The causes of social anxiety disorder can vary considerably.  When a doctor is trying to determine the causes of a patient’s anxiety attacks, he will assess environmental issues, traits in the person’s personality, the patient’s brain chemistry, any past traumas and the family medical history.   This is pretty much most of what will be done during the emdr session, if you choose to go that route.  Firstly, the environmental issues may include poverty, childhood/parental separation, overly strict parents, overly critical parents, excessive family conflicts, fearful parents, anxious parents and a lacking support system.

After the reason has been determined for the anxiety attacks, the doctor will attempt to make a diagnosis. However, if the fifth most common causes are not setting off the anxiety attacks then the doctor will look at these other options:

· Hypoglycemia – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical situations

· Thyroid diseases – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical situations

·Sleep disorders – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Adrenal disorders – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· diabetes – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Asthma – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· migraines – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Epilepsy – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Certain heart conditions – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Other psychiatric illnesses – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Caffeine/other stimulants – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Drugs – heroin/cocaine/amphetamines – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Over-the-counter drugs such as anti-inflammatories, cold/cough/decongestants – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Steroids (cortisone, prednisone, etc.) – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Weight loss drugs – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Birth control medicines – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Thyroid medications – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Inhalers/respiratory medications – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Herbal products – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· High /low blood pressure medications – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Alcohol withdrawal – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Ritalin – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Adderall – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Dexedrine – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Benzodiazepines withdrawal – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Ulcers – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Hypertension – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Asthma – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Chronic lung diseases – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Apnea/sleep apnea – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· IBS – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Chronic headaches – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Prolapsed of the mitral valve – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

· Chronic fatigue syndrome – can trigger anxiety attacks under certain medical conditions

and many more.

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SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER

Physical symptoms that often occur with social phobia include:

•Blushing

•Difficulty talking

•Nausea

•Profuse sweating

•Trembling
The goal of treatment is to help you function effectively. The success of the treatment usually depends on the severity of the phobia.

Anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications are sometimes used to help relieve the symptoms of phobias. See: Panic Disorder for more information about medications.

Behavioral treatment appears to have long-lasting benefits.

•Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you understand and change the thoughts that are causing your condition, as well as learn to recognize and replace panic-causing thoughts.

•Systematic desensitization or exposure therapy may be used to treat phobias.  You are asked to relax, then imagine the things that cause the anxiety, working from the least fearful to the most fearful. Gradual exposure to the real-life situation has also been used with success to help people overcome their fears.

•Social skills training may involve social contact in a group therapy situation to practice social skills. Role playing and modeling are techniques used to help you become more comfortable relating to others in a social situation.

Lifestyle changes may help reduce how often the attacks occur.

•Get regular exercise, enough sleep, and regularly scheduled meals.

•Reduce or avoid the use of caffeine, some over-the-counter cold medicines, and other stimulants.

 

SOLUTION

As a health enthusiast and a researcher, I’ve read about a system that helps you get your life back by overcoming your social anxiety disorder.  This information can be found at the shyness and social anxiety system

 

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