Anxiety is a term describing the feeling of nervousness and worry about something that could be either specific or not. Anxiety can be useful at times. Our instincts kick in when we feel threatened or in danger. If a threat is detected our sympathetic nervous system becomes instantly activated and as a result we illustrate a number of bodily responses such as an increase in heart rate and adrenaline, sweaty palms and also the flight or fight response.
Feeling anxious can occur when we face a number of dangerous situations such as running away from a wild animal, moving, exams, divorce, marriage, being diagnosed with an illness etc. all of which are common factors. Persistent negative thoughts and certain behaviours are reinforced and could thus lead to unpleasant physiological and psychological symptoms that can be overwhelming. Untreated manifestations of anxiety may consequently lead to the reoccurrence of panic attacks and a prolonged anxiety disorder.
The relationship between stress, anxiety and psychosomatic symptoms
As a result of stress and anxiety, a sufferer may develop psychosomatic symptoms of an anxiety disorder such as stomach problems. Psychosomatic disorder of a physical illness are caused by psychological factors such as stress and internal conflicts, as well as the involvement of both mind and body.
According to psychiatric paper published, patients suffer from neurological symptoms such as weakness, paralysis and blackouts, blindness, spasms, shaking, loss of memory and other related symptoms of neurological diseases. These symptoms are real and “not imagined”, however this is not due to a neurological disease. Patients, doctors, clinicians and nurses find it difficult to understand when these symptoms are not due to physiological illnesses as they sit on the boundaries of neurology, psychiatry and psychology. (George ikkos and susie lingwood, 2013)
“There has been an unfortunate split in our thinking between what's physical and what we think of as ‘real,' and what is mental, and what we think of as imaginary or blameworthy," says Michael Sharpe, MD, a psychiatrist at University of Oxford who studies the psychological aspects of medical illness.
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