Anxiety disorders can range in severity from mild to agonizing. Anxiety affects everyone to varying degrees during their lives. It’s a natural emotion that protects us from danger, however, an anxiety disorder which is dysfunctional in nature can be debilitating. It can lead to chaos in the family unit, as well as preventing sufferers from achieving personal happiness and wellbeing. In most cases, an anxiety disorder is a prolonged period of intense stress where symptoms persist for six months or longer.
There are numerous ways that anxiety leads to self-sabotage. Some of these include poor quality of life, substance abuse, nutritional deficiencies, and anger or conflict in relationships.
Let’s look at how anxiety can sabotage happiness and well-being in more detail.
Here are 7 examples.
Anxiety can disrupt how information is processed. The subconscious mind can pinpoint the most obscure, illogical thoughts or memories during its path to manifesting anxiety. Accordingly, it can upset emotion regulation, inhibit concentration, and create unhealthy behaviors. Because anxiety can negatively impact rational thinking and decision-making, it can leave us vulnerable to extreme emotions and impulsive behavior.
Anxiety can prevent individuals from participating in their communities or attending social events. People suffering from anxiety tend to avoid situations that could trigger an anxiety attack. A coping mechanism of avoidance can prevent people from having potentially rewarding experiences that create happy thoughts and positive feelings and emotions.
Anxiety frequently leads to insomnia. This can cause irritability and fatigue resulting in errors of judgment and increased risk of accidents. Whether a car accident, a fall, or an accident involving machinery—it’s clear that insomnia presents serious safety risks to the individual and others. Additionally, insomnia can affect the quality of interpersonal relationships, work productivity, and it may also lead to depression.
Anxiety may affect a person’s ability to complete simple tasks by staying home instead of doing chores like food shopping. This can lead to unhealthy eating habits by substituting take-outs for home cooked meals, which can in turn lead to poor nutrition, health issues and financial stress.
Those who suffer with an anxiety disorder are less likely to take educated risks in life. A profound fear of failure often dominates the minds of people who suffer with chronic anxiety because they feel out of control of their lives. This can result in a lack of risk-taking, or playing-it-safe which hinders meaningful progress in life.
A fear of relapse after recovery can be a common concern for people with an anxiety disorder who’ve considered seeing a mental health therapist. Rather than the fear of success, the fear of maintaining that success can seem overwhelming, which prevents them seeking professional help at all.
Chronic anxiety disorders may trigger other mental health issues like depression or suicidal thoughts. In addition, the surge of hormones that the body produces in response to stress have a physiological impact when prolonged and recurring. Symptoms may include muscle tension and pain, migraines, and tension headaches, as well as increased risk of artery deposits, inflammation, heart attack and stroke.
One of the most common anxious experiences in life is feeling nervous about a situation. A common reaction is to avoid the situation that may trigger symptoms. Also, a major fear of suffering an anxiety attack is frequently experienced by individuals. But avoiding the situation gives credence to the fear itself and this can make things worse in the long-term. Each time the individual faces a similar situation and avoids it, they’re telling their subconscious mind that it’s an incredibly dangerous scenario.
People who suffer with extreme anxiety may have experienced incidents in their childhood that lead to developing a particular negative self-belief. Then, subsequent experiences echoed and intensified the negative self-belief during their childhood and into adulthood.
Doing nothing about severe anxiety deprives individuals from pursuing the ultimate goal of happiness and wellbeing. Everyone deserves to be mentally well, and to feel happy. There are benefits to seeking support from helpful family members and friends who can offer comfort at times of chronic stress or anxiety.
When an individual with an anxiety disorder begins to face their fears, they start to break down the barriers to achieving their goals. Each time they face the scary situation in question, their anxiety levels lessen. Recovery is a journey, not a destination.
If you’re affected by mental health issues and you’d like to begin, or continue your journey to recovery, please reach out to a member of our experienced team at Oasis Counseling Today on 702.294.0433 (locations throughout Southern Nevada). http://oasiscounselingtoday.com