Sunday, November 25, 2012
Anxiety Amplified is Obsession.
Compulsions often arise out of obsessions, which can ultimately lead to depressions and if you add anxiety to the mix, then you can come down with a case of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). All are loosely termed as anxiety disorders. Did I switch off the lights? Did I lock the front door, and arm the lock. An abusive boss, a struggle to make both ends meet, ma rital discord, all these thoughts can become an obsession. All stressful situations trigger reactions such as fear and a surge of hormones, and lead us to act irrationally. Anxiety is a fear that is unbearably vivid and insanely abstract or simple worry amplified a hundred times. Obviously another anxiety is sexual obsession also, a desperate attraction to another person. Stressful modern life can alter the biology of the brain, tipping the mind into illness, and leaving molecular scars. According to neuroscientist Eric Nestler, stress influences the brain through epigenetics and suggests that stress causes chronic diseases by shortening structures that cap chromosomes. Anxiety disorders are characterized by a sense of fear and doom, and lead to drug or alcohol addiction and some become a recluse avoiding situations and people. Depression sets in, and social anxiety sets in where irrational fear makes you avoid social gatherings .This also leads to separation anxiety all adding to depression. Some with general anxiety disorders become highly religious and follow complex rituals which serve as ineffective anodynes. People feel sad, hopeless and a lack of interest or enjoyment in activities. In the case of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) recurrent irrational fears are assuaged to a degree that one engages n repetitive behavior. Medicine and therapy definitely helps.