We all feel stressed and anxious from time to time but it’s a different ballgame for people diagnosed with anxiety disorders. This makes it difficult for some people to understand why they act the way they do when they’re in a highly-stressful situation.
What It’s Actually Like To Live With Anxiety:
It causes sleeping problems.
Difficulty falling or staying asleep is a common problem among people with anxiety disorders. Some experience nightmares and hallucinations all throughout the night, making it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
It makes you feel like you’re a prisoner of your own mind.
For some people, anxiety makes them feel like everything’s an uphill battle. They find it difficult to focus, unable to explain to other people what it’s like to be a prisoner of their own mind. Hence, many end up saying they’re ‘just tired.’
The pain and suffering are real.
Just because other people can’t see it doesn’t mean that the pain and suffering of those with anxiety are not real. In fact, they can be as painful as a physical injury. Take for example the case of those with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. When faced with certain triggers, they can have a panic attack. And all the emotions and memories from their traumatic experience are coming back against their will.
It’s like living everyday with fear.
For some people, their anxiety disorder makes them feel like they’re living in fear. There’s that incessant voice in their head saying, ‘everything will fall apart.’ So, even with minor things like a moving object behind a tree can set them into a panic state, wanting to run or hide. The paranoid thoughts looping in their minds can be so debilitating, keeping them from living a normal life.
While therapy and medications certainly help in regulating the symptoms of anxiety disorders, some people don’t find any success with it or experience undesirable side effects. If this is your case, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can help.
TMS is a minimally-invasive procedure that’s FDA-approved. It uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Several studies have shown that TMS can help improve the symptoms of anxiety disorders with no to very minor side effects (usually a headache).
If conventional anxiety treatment isn’t working for you, we can help.