Can Anxiety Kill you?
Unfortunately, we humans are vulnerable to many dangers. Accidents, ill-health and suicide, are some of the top causes of death in the UK and worldwide. Many of us can become anxious that our loved ones or we will fall victim to an unexpected or premature demise. It seems especially so with the current spread of coronavirus.
The fear of death can be useful because it steers you to take sensible precautions. It can drive you to make the most of life as it is here and now. Who knows what will happen tomorrow?
What is anxiety?
Although people are different, the experience of anxiety has certain common features. These include:
- Excessive worry
- Pre-occupation with uncertainty
- Reliance on safety-seeking strategies such as escape, control and avoidance
Worry is an automatic response and something we all do. However, some of us worry more than others. Some would say that their worry is out of control and harmful.
The unbearable heaviness of not being anxiety free
At its most intense, anxiety can be unbearably physical. Your heart pounds, your chest tightens, your body temperature shoots through the roof, and your head is so dizzy you reach for the nearest object to prevent your fall.
Heightened anxiety or panic reveals an impending sense of doom – This is it, your last moments, brace yourself. And, yet, after what seems like hours, it passes. Alas, it was not the end, and it was deeply distressing.
While anxiety and panic can wear you down, steal your hope and optimism and separate you from the life you dream about, it doesn’t kill.
If you’ve suffered from anxiety for a long time and it’s taken over your life, then you’re likely to need the professional support of a qualified therapist. If you’re not ready for that, it doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. There is plenty, and as with anything, learning how to master something begins by taking an interest.
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