When we are constantly anxious, we feel besieged by worries. We cannot take our minds off the problem that has upset us. We cannot seem to turn off the negative thoughts that constantly race through our minds, making us unable to eat or sleep properly.
Our relationships with other people tend to suffer because of this constant worrying. We become so preoccupied with our problems that being with people, even the close and familiar, become unpalatable. We would rather stay by ourselves, caught up in our thoughts. Sometimes, we are so easily irritated, cross and petulant, that other people would also prefer to keep their distance from us!
Anxieties make us feel uptight, unable to relax. If we continue to feel this way for a rather long time, it is bound to take its toll on our health. Anxious people often suffer from hives and other similar allergic reactions. They put up with headaches. They endure frequent stomach upsets. They feel exhausted, listless, and done in even when they have not exerted themselves. They can’t sleep properly; they find it difficult to eat with gusto. They sometimes consult doctors who fail to find anything physically wrong with them.
Anxiety disorders have come to the layman’s attention only recently. Before this awareness, people worried about their symptoms. They feared there was something physically seriously wrong with them. Little did we know that our apprehensions and constant worries could translate into physical ills. We knew very little about the strong connection between mind and body.
Had this knowledge been available to most people before, there would have been a lot fewer people worried sick to their stomachs. Uncertainty triggers fear. “Fear of the unknown” is a strong reality.
Paul David had to contend with anxiety disorders without knowing what it was. Fear was a way of life. He had panic attacks for no apparent reason at all. He was constantly worried, troubled by seemingly trivial things. His worries and doubts were of unnaturally immense proportions that he was debilitated by them. He could not think properly. He often showed dysfunctional behavior.
He was miserable, feeling down in the dumps for no reason at all. He had frequent bouts of depression. He suffered from melancholy, his appetite for life nearly wiped out by chronic anxiety. He thought he was going crazy.
He tried cures which promised recovery. He spent a fortune on a lot of treatment which turned out useless. He sought help from doctors who found no physical basis for his ailments. He was always told to relax, to lighten up, and to feel less anxious. But this was easier said than done.
Unhappy with the diagnosis given him, he decided to take things into his hands. He wanted to be crippled with anxiety no more. He did in-depth research on anxiety disorders. Through trial-and-error, he tried out experimental treatments, discarded those who did not work, and retained those who did. He compiled all his findings in a book aptly entitled “At Last a Life,” hoping that it could help people who suffered from the same syndrome.
Armed with new-found knowledge, Paul realized that not knowing what he was going through contributed significantly to making things worse. Knowledge was, indeed, power. Knowing what was wrong with him in precise terms made it easy for him to manage his anxieties effectively.
Individuals who read his book found the answers that they sought. Encouraged by the positive response to his book, Paul also founded a website which people can access to get more information and counsel. This website, Anxiety No More, seeks to do just that.2016-08-19