With Anxiety, You DO Have Control!
One of the biggest myths (tricks) of the Anxiety is that it makes you think you are out of control. Anxiety loves to make people feel that they are out of control. Believing this is one of the biggest problems for anxious people. If they knew they had control, they would not be anxious. For family members, friends, and mental health professionals, it is important that we deconstruct the belief that the anxious person is "out of control" and help him or her see what control they have, thus helping the anxiety decrease. (See Biology of Fear to read how taking action helps decrease anxiety.)
Control Over Anxiety
Dr. Ferati commented on my blog yesterday and seems to disagree with this. His comment:
My common and preferable statement to psychiatric patient with anxiety disorder is: everyone has got anxiety difficulties, but You have got uncontrollable anxiety. This one is in according with Your intelligent suggestion that anxiety is a “biological survival reflex”. Principally matter is if this discern has any relation with daily life circumstances or it is unreasonable explanation. In first occasion, the anxiety is of neurotic nature. In second one, it is psychotic disorder that should to treat as associate symptom of psychosis. In both instances, non-treatment of anxiety leads to depression as most difficult complication of course to anxiety. Whereas, the appropriate treatment is psychiatric one by last psychiatric recommendations. ~ Dr. Musli Ferati
The Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog, however, invites a different perspective. Here the "problem is the problem, the person is not the problem." My hope is to portray a human model, where people can hold hope that they can get better. (Since no one can get better if they believe it is impossible.)
If a doctor (person in authority) supports the lies the Anxiety is telling you, "This is uncontrollable." You might-as-well sign up for a stint in the psych ward. The worst thing you can tell someone who has Anxiety is that they cannot control it or that they will have to deal with it forever. These two beliefs feed the Anxiety by disconnecting the person with their personal agency- the fact that they are an agent in their life. To calm an anxious person, please remind them that this is temporary, and help them find where and how they have control. Then encourage them to act on it!
Who feels out of control when they are anxious? And what would happen to the Anxiety if you felt in control?
Believing in you!
By Jodi Lobozzo Aman
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LCSW-R, J. (2012, March 2). With Anxiety, You DO Have Control!, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 18 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2012/03/you-do-have-control
Author: Jodi Lobozzo Aman, LCSW-R
Another question since you know something about panic attacks. Is it possibly that when cortisol is elevated and mixes with histamine, a physical reaction is produced? This is the form of panic attack I experience. It mimics anaphylaxis.