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Jul 18th, 2011

Anxiety – Part 1

It’s not all in your mind! Stated simply, anxiety is a stress response. Its symptoms – quickened heartbeat; the taut, queasy sensation in the stomach; perspiration; and heightened mental alertness – are all part of an alarm system. Your body is warning you of a stressful situation, and these uncomfortable sensations are caused by its efforts to respond.

This anxiety response is vital. It prepares us for activities that need increased physical or mental effort and even warns us away from others. It is usually short-lived. One person in twenty,  though, suffers from a continual, unreasoning dread that psychiatrists call anxiety neurosis It  can inflict severe physical degeneration on victims and leave them mentally unable to face the demands of life.

(Continued tomorrow…)

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