Man’s Internal Threat Detector

June 9, 2016

Anxiety is a health issue. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and it definitely doesn’t just go away by “growing a pair” or “toughening up.” More than just feelings of stress, anxiety can be debilitating and can include both physical and psychological symptoms that interfere with work, school, or family.

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
  • being easily fatigued
  • difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
  • irritability
  • muscle tension
  • sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless unsatisfying sleep)
  • emotional distress
  • excessive worry

Anxiety is a natural response to a threat or feeling unsafe. Considering our ancestors had to be alert and ready for threats like predatory animals, famine, drought, plague, the list goes on, your body has a built-in warning system. This warning system is one of the most animal parts about us, and utilizes fear to tell us whether we should leave or avoid a possibly threatening situation. Our anxiety is trying to protect us, however, the fear and accompanying symptoms can be crippling in situations that don’t require this emergency response.

It can be extremely difficult to live with persistent feelings of anxiety. Research shows that therapy is an effective treatment option. According to HelpGuide, therapy can give you the tools you need to learn how to relax; look at situations in new ways; and develop better coping and problem-solving skills.

If you want to learn more about what you’re experiencing and see if it’s consistent with anxiety, check out http://MassMen.org.