Anxiety is the result of fear.
To truly understand anxiety, we have to examine it at the root level. Often, anxiety is the result of a pattern of fear which started during one’s childhood. When a young child experiences fear of abandonment, or a lack of safety, a trauma occurs that becomes lodged in the subconscious mind.
When we are afraid, our body responds to our mental state with physiological symptoms– increase in heart rate, shortness of breath, chest pain, sweating, trembling, or shaking. These symptoms tend to produce a “fight or flight response” which causes us to take action so that we can be “safe.” Anxiety makes it so one chooses “flight” more often than one should. Therefore, many individuals, in avoiding situations that produce anxiety, limit themselves from living a fulfilling life.
Luckily, the often overwhelming negative side effects of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be effectively treated