Ripple Effects of Anxiety
Hello again! So far we have covered some of the subtle and more obvious signs of anxiety. And how signs of anxiety can sometimes mask as a more serious physical disease. In this lesson, we continue with a discussion on some of the cascading effects anxiety can have on a person. Let’s get started!
First, what are ripple effects? Generally speaking, it is the impact of ones’ anxiety. The effects could be on the person themselves or on people around them, such as family members, friends, coworkers, etc. For example, did you know that anxiety sufferers are at an increased risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes or cancer? These would be ripple effects if that increased risk is attributable to having anxiety.
Maybe a family cancels a vacation because the unfamiliarity of the place could set off an anxiety attack of a family member. In other cases, an anxiety attack may happen if a person sees or hears of something similar that happened to them has happened to another person. That similarity can trigger an anxiety attack of various intensity in the person first experiencing that situation. Or in the case of PTSD, especially combat veterans, it can be something as simple as a loud noise or getting trapped in a large crowd with no way out that can trigger flashbacks and violent reactions back to the time when they experienced the event now causing their PTSD anxiety.
The point being is that is not any one thing that can be pinned down as causing a ripple effect, but in fact it can be many things depending on the individual having the experience at the time. But also the point is that ripple effects are real and are not only disrupting to the individual having anxiety, but also can affect many people around that individual.
That was interesting wasn’t it! In the next lesson, we delve into some of the things you can do naturally – drug-free – to treat your anxiety. See you then!