When Anxiety is a Problem
When Anxiety is a Problem. An occasional “bout” with some anxiety is not only unavoidable but healthy. This emotion serves as a constructive healthy function. To prepare you to deal with stressful situations and to solve problems.
But there is a reason to be concern when the anxiety symptoms are out of proportion to the “triggering” event or situation. When anxiety interferes with your ability to attend to everyday activities and responsibilities. Then the anxiety is out of control.
- An experience speaker for years, experiencing a normal case of the jitters before they begin each presentation but is never afraid of the experience. Then during a particular presentation, for no apparent reason, has a panic attack, the heart begins to race, experiences shortness of breath, and lightheartedness. As a result, the experience speaker begin to be fearful that those jitters will overwhelm him/her in the next presentation and so starts to make excuses and refuses invitations in the future to speak.
- A manager who has made many business trips by plane, experiencing the usual anxieties when planes hit turbulent air or landing are delayed because of bad weather. Then, for some reason, the anticipation of those fears becomes “overwhelming.” The manager begins to complaint about taking business trips and declines a promotion that would require even more travel.
Problem: Fears caused by the anticipation of a panic attack can interfere with normal everyday living. These are fears of the actual feelings themselves.
Caution: Competent managers very often self-diagnose these symptoms as “all in their heads, to be conquered by self-discipline. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are also among the most easily treatable mental disorders.
Traps: While anxiety sufferers have no reason to be embarrassed about their feelings, or to believe that there is no remedy, fewer than 25% of the people who suffer these “irrational” fears actually receive treatment.