This Is Why Anxious People Catastrophize

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No, it's not because you're doing something wrong. All anxious people tend to blow their problems out of proportion to at least some extent. Sure, some people do it more than others, but the reality is that if you feel anxious you tend to view minor problems as potential nightmares. The question is why? Why do otherwise rational human beings torture themselves like this? To my mind, much of this has to do with the fundamental nature of anxiety itself. We can use many words to describe what that is, but most basically it boils down to

Why A Fast Heart Beat Isn’t Dangerous

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For many people a fast heart beat is a waking nightmare. A constant reminder that something isn't right. I think of a fast heart beat (tachycardia) in less intense terms. I consider it a sign of stress and not death. Tachycardia (100 heart beats per minute or more) simply isn't the killer you think it is. This is an important topic to address because it's a symptom that has likely affected you. You see, when you get tachycardic, you imagine all sorts of horrific scenarios, many of which probably involve a sickness of some kind. It's

Brain Tumor Anxiety Overblown

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For several years, I've known of people becoming anxious because they thought they had developed a brain tumor. I've seen them in forums, chat rooms, my inbox, all over. I say to all those people, perhaps even to you, relax a little. Often the fear of a brain tumor starts because of headaches. It could be a migraine, tension headache, or even a cluster headache that brings an anxious person to this grim conclusion. They are, of course, usually wrong. I'm not saying that out of spite, either. Headaches are not good indicators of brain

Do You Daydream a Lot?

To answer my own question, yes I do daydream a lot. Believe it or not daydreaming is a symptom of anxiety disorder and depression.  So chances are if you're an anxious person you spend much of your time in la la land, fantasizing about a very cool version of yourself doing extraordinary things.  But why? Most shrinks think that daydreaming is a self defense mechanism.  Daydreaming is a form of escapism.  As you well know, when you have an anxiety disorder things can get negative and intense.  Not only that, but all that negativity can get

Can Anxiety Cause Vision Problems?

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Having tricks of vision is most definitely an anxiety symptom.  The type of tricks vary but generally speaking they involve blurry vision, tunnel vision, and just plain thinking you saw something when there was nothing there. Most of this can be chalked up to stress.  Stress was not named the silent killer because it just sounds good.  Overtime stress can take a real serious toll on you psychologically and physically.  Now when stress and anxiety join forces is when you may encounter a problem with respect to your vision. I want to keep

Anxiety Disorders And Sexual Problems

As if anxiety sufferers didn't already have enough to worry about, there is now growing evidence to suggest that people with anxiety disorders also have higher rates of sexual problems. We are all familiar with the more common anxiety symptoms like palpitations, racing thoughts, perfuse sweating, but now you can add sexual aversion, sexual dysfunction, and a lower libido to the already long list of things you already hate about having an anxiety disorder. Sexual Aversion Sexual aversion is very much like it sounds. The intense

What Causes the Lump In Your Throat?

Having a lump in your throat or the sensation that it's hard to swallow is a very common sensation among anxiety sufferers. This lump causes us to think that we are headed for a medical disaster and may even cause us to swallow in quick succession so that we can make sure that we can still swallow - just in case. This creates fear in us because the assumption is that sooner or later you won't be able to breathe. We start jumping to conclusions about what could be causing it and go into extended versions of the what if game. But let me

Anxiety High Wire Act

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At one point or another we have all seen the high wire act during a circus performance or on a  t.v. show. The performer steps out onto the tightly stretched rope and slowly puts one foot in front of the other doing all they can to avoid a nasty spill. We all look at the performer and think "yea you're gonna fall" but of course they usually don't. The high wire reminds me a lot of what its like to have an anxiety disorder. Feeling off balance, woozy, lightheaded, faint are all sensations I'm sure a performer might feel while hoisted 50 feet