Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chronic Anxiety Disorder - There is Hope

Anyone who wakes each day with a cloud of anxiousness hanging over them and experiences recurring symptom episodes can be classified with a chronic anxiety disorder. This is assuming they are not taking medications that might relieve some of the outbreaks. If a person has this chronic situation, is there any hope of a solution?

Mental health is both fascinating and puzzling due to the many variables that prevent actual working models. No two people are exactly alike in education, perceptions, morals, or anything else. The scientific community has tried valiantly to explain why people act and react as they do. However, the more that is learned, the more that presents itself to be researched.

Chronic victims are similar only in their symptoms. By the nature of their suffering, many must take medications that usually cause varying side effects among patients. This makes it harder for a therapist to get a victim to a comfort zone and abate some of the problems.

People with anxieties who have longer periods between episodes can be treated differently than chronic sufferers. Therapy alone might be all that is needed to put the irregular victim on the road to recovery. Victories for chronic anxiety victims start with getting through the day without an attack and incrementally getting better over time. At anytime during the progress, a setback can easily place the process back at square one.

Situations in life affect the regularity of chronic disorders. Abraham Lincoln was believed to have suffered from clinical depression, but others think it was chronic anxiety. His wife Mary was considered bi-polar and was eventually submitted to a mental health facility, due in part to anxiety brought on by the loss of her husband and three children.

Winston Churchill was also a great leader who has been linked to both bi-polar and manic depression disorders. Some historians claim that these factors actually made him a better leader, because a better-grounded leader might have given up when the odds seemed stacked against England during the war.

Other noteworthy people who have experienced chronic depression or disorders closely akin are Princess Diana, Burt Reynolds, John Candy, Winona Ryder, Carly Simon, and Nicole Kidman. Michael Jackson was also diagnosed with anxiety disorder before his death. This only shows that anyone may fall in the snare of mental disorders given the right circumstances.

Over the years, many of the most talented and influential people have suffered from occasional to chronic anxiety disorder. The old terminology of 'dysfunctional' is not an accurate assessment of a person who suffers from anxiety. People with issues can still lead productive lives, and sometimes the anxiety may heighten some creative or intelligent parts of the mind.

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