the wrong side of the bed
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
don't get so uptight
my friend joe, apparently with some secret inside knowledge that i was in therapy during the time he sent me this link, has alerted me to the phobia list. interestingly, one of the things i learned last year when i took a course through my health insurance called "attacking anxiety" was that phobias are the result of anxiety. people develop phobias because they are trying to limit situations that may cause anxiety attacks. say you have an anxiety attack while looking at a picture of marx or santa claus. now, the anxiety attack may have nothing to do with capitalism or, um, capitalism, but you may begin avoiding beards to the point that you develop pogonophobia (fear of beards or men with beards). when i was a kid, i had a handful of weird phobias, but like many people, i also had agoraphobia. sometimes i wish i had hung on to that. stupid me for leaving the house.
I thought you didn't have air conditioning. Staying in the house would seem pretty unpleasant.
The psychological symptoms of anxiety disorder mainly include uneasiness, fear of losing control, behavioral problems, sleep problems, nightmares, insecurity, restlessness, confusion, avoidance, nervousness, constant fear, hypervigilance, escapism and self-consciousness. The associated physical symptoms of anxiety disorder include sweating, shortness of breath, flushing, palpitation, dry mouth, nausea, hot flashes, chills, cold and numbness in feet and hands, muscle pain, joint pain, tremors, twitches, chest pain, headache, stomach pains, queasiness, diarrhea, frequent urination, dizziness and fatigue. http://www.xanax-effects.com/