what is the cause of stress and anxiety, how do stress and anxiety harm you and how to overcome it

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Hypnotherapy a solution to stress and anxiety

Stress is a debilitating feeling. It causes anxiety attacks and it provokes anger. It takes a till on our health and our relationships with people. Remember the last time you had a showdown with a colleague in office when you were both stressed out on a project? Remember having an argument with your spouse over a trivial matter at home, because you were too stressed from the 2 hour drive through peak traffic? Stress leads people to have emotional outbursts and angry scenes more often than they imagine. Everyone wants to relieve themselves of the stress they face. Even you might have tried everything from yoga classes to kick boxing to drain the stress, but found out that it only cures the problem temporarily.

Hypnotherapy is one solution to ease your stress it teaches you to reach a comfortable state whenever faced with a stressful situation and helps you erase stress from your life constructively. As today's everyone’s life has become a part and parcel of stress and anxiety.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

stress and anxiety : Pressures we feel in life

Sometimes in our life, there are many things that happen to depress us. It might be stress and anxiety. Stress comes from the pressures we feel in life, like we are being pushed by our boss or any other task that have deadline. This puts undue pressure on our minds and body, adrenaline in our body is released, extended stay of the hormone causes depression, blood pressure increase and other negative changes and effects. Another one of them is anxiety. With anxiety, fear overcomes all emotions accompanied by worry and apprehension. Other than that, there are symptoms such as chest pains, dizziness, and shortness of breath and panic attacks.

On top of that, anxiety is a technical term for worry and it comes in many forms from feeling fearful something terrible or frighten things is going to happen, fear of not to leave the house.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

stress and anxiety : Patterns of Inheritance

Most people can handle the stresses of modern life, stresses considered "normal" in our society, without developing any problems. But about ten percent of our population cannot handle these stresses.


The reason these people are more susceptible to stress is that they have inherited a Low Stress Tolerance. These persons develop Happy Messenger failure at levels of stress that others handle with ease. For a person with this inherited problem, 150 on the stress scale is enough to affect Happy Messenger function, and cause OVERSTRESS. For most people, OVERSTRESS may be a temporary condition, but for these ten percent of persons, OVERSTRESS is a life-long problem. In our society, if you can not handle a 150 stress level, you will be in OVERSTRESS forever.

Such persons typically show signs of OVERSTRESS when they approach their teen years. As we have seen, the teen years are one of the most stressful times of a person's life. When a childwho inherits a Low Stress Tolerance enters the teen years, fatigue, sleep problems, depression, crying spells, and anxiety may become manifest.

The teenager will begin to rely on Pick-Me-Up's as"medicines" to make him or her feel better. Patterns of binging or maintenance with Pick-Me-Up's will be established. And the person will often be stuck for the rest of his or her life on the wild roller coaster:

...A host of stressors on the other hand, balanced by alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and an army of Pick-M-Up's on the other. It is a constant juggling act which serves to partially normalize brain function for a few hours, followed by a crash, and then more Pick-Me-Up "medicine"...
This Low Stress Tolerance is an inherited characteristic, and runs very strongly in families. If you keep in mind the broad range of Pick-Me Up's that people use, it is very easy to spot families where Pick-Me-Up use is rampant. Since the inherited problem is Low Stress Tolerance, you will see numerous family members with signs of OVERSTRESS: sleep problems, fatigue, depression, anxiety, all occurring at stress levels that appear "normal" in our society. Most of the members of the family will have learned to "treat" themselves with some type of Pick-Me-Up. They will use their Pick-Me-Up in either a binge or maintenance style.

Thus, the person you are talking to may be complaining of fatigue, crying, being overwhelmed by life, or anxiety attacks. One or both parents may have been an alcoholic (more often the parent of the same sex), a brother may be a workaholic. Someone else in the family may have stopped drinking alcohol but smokes three packs per day, eats ice cream, sweets, and coffee all day long. The variations are endless, but the findings are the same. Pic-Me-Up use is rampant in many family, practically non-existent in others.

But, you may ask, how do we know that this is an inherited problem? How do we know that the extensive use of Pick-Me-Up's in the family is not caused by the family environment? Wouldn't it be plausible that an alcoholic father would have an alcoholic son because the son would have "learned to drink alcohol"? Wouldn't it be plausible that families that use Pick-Me-Up'steach their children to use Pick-Me-Up's also?

A very interesting study has been done looking at children who were given up for adoption at birth. Thousands of children were involved. These children were placed in new homes right after they were born. They never knew their biological parents.The topic of the study was the pattern of the use of the Pick-Me-Up, alcohol.

The study produced several surprising findings. The first was that children who did not have an alcoholic biologic parent were not likely to become alcoholics, even if they were raised by alcoholic adoptive parents. Thus, merely being raised by an alcoholic in no way caused children to become alcoholics.

On the other hand, sons whose biologic fathers were alcoholics, were nine times more likely to be alcoholics. And daughters whose biologic mothers were alcoholic were three times more likely to become alcoholics -- even though the children knew nothing about their biologic parents!

This study on adopted children has been interpreted to show that alcoholism is an inherited disease. What it actually shows, however, is that Low Stress Tolerance is an inherited condition. "Alcoholism" is not the disease, it is merely the major Pick-Me-Up that the person is using to try to "medicate" himself.

In previous years, it was not recognized that the various Pick-Me Up's work in a similar fashion. These Pick-Me-Up's serve as "medicines" that a person uses to try and make himself/herself feel more normal again. All the Pick-Me-Up's work by temporarily boosting the function of Happy Messengers. Since this common mechanism of action is still not widely recognized, it is common to hear people speak of the use of a specific Pick-Me-Up as a "disease" in-and-of itself.

For instance, people talk about "alcoholics," and the disease of"alcoholism". They speak of "workaholics," "compulsive gamblers," "compulsive eaters," and "cocaine addicts," as if the use of each specific Pick-Me-Up is a separate disease. In reality, most of these persons have the same underlying problem: an OVERSTRESS which makes them feel ill, and for which they are attempting to treat themselves with some form of Pick-Me-Up. These persons are merely trying to cope, as best they can, with OVERSTRESS.

by Brad Burns

stress and anxiety : PICK-ME-UP REBOUND

We mentioned that you can never accurately rebalance your brain chemistry with Pick-Me-Up's. We now know that at least one in ten of us, those who inherit Low Stress Tolerance, spend much of their life trying to do just that.There are three reasons you cannot restore brain chemistry to normal using Pick-Me-Up's.

One, as we have mentioned, is that the tiny changes in chemical levels, are beyond your ability to adjust "by hand". It is like trying to level the earth in a small flower pot, when the only tool you have is a four ton bulldozer. You are going to end up with a cracked pot.

The second is the fact that all Pick-Me-Up's cause rebound. That is, they quickly make you feel well. But when the Pick-Me-Up wears off, you will feel sick just as quickly. For example, if you eat three donuts and drink coffee with cream and sugar, you are giving yourself a big slug of sugar and caffeine. This causes a quick boost in Happy Messenger levels, resulting in a rapid upswing toward normal levels of energy, a normal pain threshold, and an improved sense of well-being. But, as fast as this boost is, that is how fast the subsequent fall will be -- toward lack of energy, fatigue, aches and pains and feeling ill. The quicker and more effective the boost, the quicker and steeper the fall. This phenomenon is called Pick Me-Up Rebound.

People who have inherited a Low Stress Tolerance, who rely on Pick Me-Up's to try and feel normal, end up suffering from wild mood swings. Some days they are pleasant, happy and energetic. Other days they are moody, depressed and anxious.

What they should be doing, of course, is trying to LOWER THEIR STRESS LEVELS!! If one can lower one's stress level enough to be out of OVERSTRESS, the body will rebalance itself.

But, most people in OVERSTRESS never think of reducing their stress levels. They don't even realize they are suffering from too much stress. They have been in OVERSTRESS for so many years that they think this is what everyone feels like. So they do the best they can, medicating themselves with Pick-Me-Up's, and wondering why they "feel lousy" most of the time. They go to doctors who tell them that there is "nothing wrong," or that they are "depressed," or having "anxiety attacks", or that they are "alcoholic".

It is a very frustrating experience for these people. So, they continue to use coffee, sugar, alcohol and other Pick-Me-Up's to try and feel normal again. But in doing so, they just make the roller coaster ride steeper, faster, and wilder.

The third problem with Pick-Me-Up's is that the body quickly adapts to many of them. This means that a person has to take ever increasing amounts of Pick-Me-Up to achieve the desired effect. A person may begin by using one cup of coffee a day, and end up drinking a potful; or smoking five cigarettes a day, and end up smoking two packs; or drinking two drinks a day, and end up with a pint.

People use these Pick-Me-Up's as medicines, trying to boost brain Happy Messenger function. But like any medicine, Pick-Me-Up's have side effects. When the body adapts, and the person has to use large quantities of his/her "medicine", the side effects of the caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs become very serious.

A person using large amounts of alcohol is at high risk of hurting others, or of dying from a traffic accident, liver failure, or bleeding complications. Heavy tobacco use damages the lungs and arteries and causes cancer. Lots of caffeine can cause abnormal heart rhythms. Heavy doses of the illegal drugs can easily lead to convulsions, overdose, or death. All of these side effects add more stress to the body, which just worsens the OVERSTRESS.

For all these reasons; the inability to balance your brainchemistry "by hand"; the rebound crash caused by the Pick-Me-Up's; and the severe side effects of heavy doses; using Pick-Me-Up's as medicine prevents stability. Using Pick-Me-Up's as medicine leads to the roller coaster of ill health.


stress and anxiety : PUT-ME-DOWN'S

Consider Dave, a person struggling with OVERSTRESS. He can't get a restful sleep, has aches and pains, and anxiety attacks. "What is wrong with me?" he moans, "I'm having chest, neck and back pain. I feel lousy, I can't go on this way. Life is not enjoyable anymore..." John works fourteen hours a day, drinks coffee and takes sweets all day long. He has a few drinks in the evening to "relax". But his Pick-Me-Up's only make his roller coaster ride steeper and bumpier. Sometimes he feels"OK", but much of the time he is a "mass of jangled nerves".

So, in exasperation, he goes to the doctor. "Can't you give me something to calm down my nerves and let me get a good night's sleep?" John says. "I just can't handle this anymore."

The doctor, in all likelihood, will respond by giving John a prescription for a PUT-ME-DOWN. Put-Me-Down's are medicines that temporarily force the body into sleeping or tranquilizing.

The most well known of these drugs is Valium. (Valium has quite a few relatives that work the same way but are known by different names: Tranxene, Serax, Xanax, Ativan, Centrax, Paxipam, and Librium are some examples.) Chemically, all the drugs in the Valium family are known as benzodiazepines. Another family of Put-Me-Down's are the barbiturates. These are such medicines as Phenobarbital, Butalbitol and Seconal.

The Put-Me-Down's do not work via the brain's Happy Messengers. Instead, they affect the brain at their own unique receptor sites. Unfortunately, Put-Me-Down's only work for one to three months. After that, the receptors adapt to the presence of the Put-Me-Down's. Then the person's aches, pains and fatigue come right back again. Unfortunately, by that time, many people find it impossible to stop the Put-Me-Down.

Benzodiazepines (the Valium family) are notorious for this. They have such a severe withdrawal syndrome that people taking them for any extended period of time cannot get off them -- eventhough the Put-Me Down is no longer doing any good!

We know that a person cannot chemically balance his brain with Pick-Me-Up's. They just make the roller coaster ride worse. Add Put-Me Down's to the potpourri of chemicals, and it becomes that much more hopeless. Can you imagine how futile an effort it is to balance microscopic amounts of chemicals in your brain with sugar, caffeine, alcohol and a Put-Me-Down too?!? Unfortunately, it is impossible for a person to feel anywhere near normal for any stable length of time.

Yet, so many people go to the doctor trying to find a way to feel rested, or to calm their raw OVERSTRESSED nerves, that benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed brain active medicines in the country today. (Remember, one in every ten of us is OVERSTRESSED right now.)


Friday, September 01, 2006

stress and anxiety : Deciphering Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety go hand in hand. It is said that one of the major symptoms of stress is anxiety. Aside from that, it is stress that is commonly blamed for a staggering eighty percent of all illnesses either directly or indirectly.

Stress comes from the pressures we feel in life, as we are pushed by work or any other task that puts undue pressure on our minds and body, adrenaline is released, extended stay of the hormone causes depression, a rise in the blood pressure and other negative changes and effects.

One of them is anxiety. With anxiety, fear overcomes all emotions accompanied by worry and apprehension, making a person a recluse and a bagful of jitters. Other symptoms are chest pains, dizziness, and shortness of breath and panic attacks.

When this happens to us, we are endangering our overall health. Stress and anxiety affects many factors in our body not only in our mental state. Cancer and other deadly diseases are related to stress and anxiety because of the changes in the chemical composition in our body due to stress and anxiety.

You don’t have to be a victim of stress and anxiety, its just all about discipline and having a proper schedule. Not taking in anything you cannot handle will be a lot of help. Learn your limitations and stick to it. Do not over exert yourself. Just try to go over the border an inch at a time.

You can lead a productive successful and fulfilling life and career without the need to endanger your health. If not, you are not only killing yourself, you are also sending your family and friends and all the people around you away.

By Hector Milla

stress and anxiety : Reduce Your Anxiety

Anxiety is the number one mental health problem for women (and second only to alcohol and drug abuse for men).

What is anxiety and what causes it?

Anxiety is a technical term for worry, that butterflies in the stomach feeling that can easily escalate. Anxiety comes in many forms---from feeling fearful something terrible is going to happen, to stammering and getting tongue-tied, to stress incontinence, to not wanting to leave the house, to test anxiety, panic attacks, and post traumatic stress reactions.

Anxiety’s a big problem today because the world is so much more stressful than it used to be. The increased pace of society, increased rate of technological change, absence of traditional value, barrages of inconsistent world views, terrorism threats and more make for a lack of consistency. The result is increased stress and anxiety or worry. There are other factors that can cause anxiety from being born an excitable reactive type of person, to a childhood of being around overly cautious or overly critical people, and to a stressful lifestyle.

How to reduce anxiety

There are anti-anxiety drugs to take, but unfortunately, many of them have negative side effects and they can be addictive. Fortunately, anxiety is a learned behavior, and can be unlearned. Safe and effective self-care measures abound. One of the best ways to begin to reduce your anxiety is to see how you might be perpetuating anxiety.

Major ways you might be adding to your anxiety include: avoiding situations that cause anxiety, talking to yourself in a negative way (“I’ll never be able to deal with this!”), negative beliefs (I can’t trust anyone), denial of your feelings, lack of assertiveness, muscle tension (if you relax your body, your mind will follow), lack of self-nurturing, poor nutrition, stressful lifestyle, and not having a purpose for your life.

by Dr. Clark

stress and anxiety : Anxiety, Feeling uptight and Stress;

Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another.

Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear. The source of this uneasiness is not always known or recognized, which can add to the distress you feel.

Stress is a normal part of life. In small quantities, stress is good -- it can motivate you and help you be more productive. However, too much stress, or a strong response to stress, is harmful. It can set you up for general poor health as well as specific physical or psychological illnesses like infection, heart disease, or depression. Persistent and unrelenting stress often leads to anxiety and unhealthy behaviors like overeating and abuse of alcohol or drugs.

Emotional states like grief or depression and health conditions like an overactive thyroid, low blood sugar, or heart attack can also cause stress.

Anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms, including:

Twitching or trembling
Muscle tension, headaches
Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing
Abdominal pain (may be the only symptom of stress, especially in a child)
Sometimes other symptoms accompany anxiety:

Rapid or irregular heart rate
Rapid breathing
Diarrhea or frequent need to urinate
Irritability, including loss of your temper
Sleeping difficulties and nightmares
Decreased concentration
Sexual problems
Anxiety disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that involve excessive anxiety. They include generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social phobia.

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