Picture anxiety as an onion. Like an onion, it possesses many layers, each one as pungent and stinging as the next one. Yet, as you continue to peel it, you’ll uncover that its core is less intense than its outer layers suggest. So, we invite you to peel your own onion and discover how much more resilient you really are.
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The stress response is orchestrated by the release of glucocorticoids, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. This hormonal cascade forms the backbone of the body’s preparation for stress, but it also involves the suppression of other hormones related to reproduction, digestion, tissue repair, and growth. Beyond the fight or flight reaction, the endocrine stress response includes slower-acting hormones…
Anticipation of threat, a central element in the experience of worry, triggers either the “fight or flight” response or the freezing reaction. This intricate interplay of defense mechanisms is crucial in understanding how chronic worry affects the body. The prolonged nature of worry leads to a persistent release of stress hormones within the body. This…
Test anxiety is a pervasive issue affecting students, influencing their cognitive and emotional responses during examination periods. Akram and Mahmood (2010) characterize test anxiety as a form of self-preoccupation linked to low self-esteem, resulting in negative cognitive evaluations, lack of concentration, unpleasant physiological reactions, and ultimately, reduced proficiency in test performance. Factors Contributing to Test…
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE…?
Below are testimonials from real people about their experience with anxiety. If you would like to share with us, please email us at [email protected]
It felt like a jolt of electricity coursing down my veins, energizing my entire body and priming it for action. My senses were heightened and my mind was clear and focused on one goal only – to get out of wherever I was. I felt the urge to run away, but I didn’t know what for and where toYasmina R.
Once triggered, the fall is immediate, as quick as a flash, it pulls me down and down until I reach rock bottom, until there isn’t any more hard ground to fall onto. Hitting rock bottom is indescribably painful first, then liberating. Painful because I feel a knot in my stomach, like a burning sensation around my tummy. I feel an intense sensation of desperation, of great sorrow. Everything around me is nothing but pain and suffering, I feel dejected, I loathe people and myself more than anyone else. I have seized to have control over what’s going on inside my head. It’s nonstop confusion and chaos in there and it is so overwhelming that I want it to stop. This is when the crucial dilemma presents itself to me: Do I kill myself to stop the suffering or do I pull myself together and get back on my two feet? It’s one or the other.Sevcan C.
Upon seeing the photo of my ex who assaulted me, I immediately experienced a shock that traveled throughout my entire body, and it wasn’t a warm shock or feeling I get when I think of my current crush. This was a very dark and fearful feeling that kept running through my body for about a week. I physically trembled and travelled 30 years back in time and remembered things that I thought I had forgotten completely. These memories rushed into my brain, and it took me a while to realize that I was safe and in the present. My subconscious mind was otherwise fixated on the past traumas. I immediately became hypervigilant and was extremely grouchy to those around me and it wasn’t until I had some time that I realized I was safe.Marie M.