How Anxiety Influences Your Health (infographic)

Lamphier says, He’s very intense sometimes, but very full of joy and life. He laughs a lot, which is really fun, to listen to him laugh at things.” But getting to this point has been a journey. Careys psychiatrist, Dr. Toby Goldsmith, says Carrie had a lot of anxiety.” Medication had helped make her anxiety manageable. But, pregnant with Deacon, after so many losses, Carey was haunted by what-ifs? The thoughts would get stuck in her head, she says, Was everything going to be okay? Was he going to be okay?
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Most people with GAD realize that their concerns are overblown, but they cannot seem to shake their anxiety. The symptoms typically come on slowly, typically between childhood and middle age, but they can occur at any time. In some instances, a major life event, such as a change in heath or a life transition such as a divorce, can trigger the onset of GAD. The symptoms tend to ebb and flow, but can be exacerbated during times of stress. What sets the worry of GAD suffers apart from the normal concerns is that the worry is intrusive, excessive, debilitating and persistent and lasts for more than six months. In terms of behavior, GAD can cause difficulty in concentrating or focusing, and an inability to relax, enjoy quiet time, or to be alone. Fatigue, nausea and headaches are some of the physical symptoms of GAD. Some experience hot flashes, trembling, sweating and frequent urges to go to the bathroom.
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Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post. When the body first suffers from anxiety, you may experience… Throat troubles. That croaky, squeaky voice that seems to have possessed your vocal chords is your immediate reaction to a stressful situation. When anxious feelings creep in, fluids are diverted to more essential locations in the body , causing spasms in the throat muscles. This results in tightness, making it dry and difficult to swallow. Liver reactions. When the body undergoes stress and anxiety, the adrenal system produces an excessive amount of the stress hormone cortisol.
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