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High anxiety in real life

Living an ordinary life is not easy. Each and everyday, a person goes through bad situations and experience difficulties in different aspects of daily life, be it personal, social, work, or even in light situations such as recreation. External activities or events taking place everyday can cause a person to feel bad, have problems, and experience high anxiety. Feeling scared? awkward? uneasy? restless? or just plain bad? These are caused by encounters from negative reactions acquired by the person or through outside experiences. Fortunately, not all people are subject to high anxiety. In recent studies, it has been determined that medically sound manipulations of the brain organ called “Amygdala” somehow showed some influence or control over anxiety levels.

The amygdala are almond-shaped neurons located inside the medial temporal lobes. This brain organ is active in important human cognitive and emotional functions such as emotional learning, memory modulation, and other neuro-psychological activities. High anxiety can affect anybody anywhere, anytime but there are some people who are more predisposed to this psychological and emotional distress. For example, in NBA today, Commissioner David Stern was questioned and had a conference regarding a certain NBA referee named Tim Donaghy who supposedly was betting on NBA games. Claims have been made regarding the alleged involvement of Stern and Donaghy in game-fixing.

During the said conference, in front of dozens of reporters, Stern tried hard to maintain proper composure while answering questions fielded by the media. Surely, he was trying to mask the anxiety he felt. It is also most likely that a majority of the basketball referees were feeling fear and anxiety about what might happen should the game-fixing controversy escalates. In that situation, it can be show that these two emotions can occur at the same time or in conjunction when a person is faced with a very serious situation or problem. There are moments when the problem or tension gets so high that a person experiencing fear and anxiety may resort to acts of hostility or hysteria. In reading all this, one has to ask, “Is there any way to avoid fear and anxiety?” Well, it depends on the person. By not being bothered by the outside opinion, by being strong and true to oneself, knowing that you can stand on your own, that the person can avoid fear and anxiety. Perhaps, self-confidence is the key to maintain peace of mind and a sense of control over one's life. Being calm and collected helps a person to approach a problem or difficult situation with psychological and emotional stability. That way, undertaking a difficult task or facing a problem becomes a challenge, and not a paralyzing burden.

However, it is important to note that there are situations that call for more responses other that having a self-confidence boost. People with psychological disorders or serious emotional problems may need the help of doctors and other health professionals so that they can deal with stressful situations and other matters that bother them. Medications may be prescribed to control the symptoms of their severe emotional distress. Anti-stress medication, together with counseling and therapy, can do miracles for people who have long suffered from fears and worries that prevent them from living a good, satisfying life.


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