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How Stress Works
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common manifestations of Anxiety. It involves anxiety that commonly impedes function. It can come with constant worrying or obsession about small or large concerns, restlessness and feeling on edge, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, trembling, easily startled, sleep problems, sweating, nausea, need to go to the bathroom frequently, bowel issues, shortness of breath, and rapid heartbeat. Even when you’re not being consumed by your worries you may have high anxiety for no particular reason. Basically, you’re in flight or fight response all the time, which can be very exhausting. This is common in children, teens, and adults. GAD can cause or be linked to depression, substance abuse, insomnia, serious bowel issues, headaches, and teeth grinding. A therapist will diagnose you based on your symptoms and how your symptoms affect your life. Treatment is usually a combination of therapy and medication. Therapists can teach you how to cope and work through your anxiety while certain medications can help level out your mood and help you more with the constant low level anxiety and help you cope better with stressful situations. Antidepressants, sedatives, and benzodiazepines are usually used to treat depression. Because benzos are highly addictive and people tend to build a resistance to them quite quickly they are used as a last ditch effort and should only be used for break through anxiety. Usually doctors will try antidepressants first and then a low level sedative like vistaril before trying benzos on a patient. Like most other chronic disorders, lifestyle changes like regular exercise, healthy eating habits, getting enough sleep, and avoiding substances like alcohol and cigarettes can help. Avoid caffeine. Meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques are also found to be helpful for many people.
Anxiety can be detrimental to a relationship and sexuality. It can make it more difficult to get in the mood, to orgasm, and connect with your partner. It can make you horribly self-conscious and it can make it difficult to communicate your needs and wants. It can also cause you to snap at your partner. Your main tool is communication. Talk to your partner about your disorder and your symptoms. Let them know that when you’re irritable and jumpy it’s not them, it’s just part of your condition. Talk about coping methods and relaxation techniques so they can coach you when they see you getting too anxious. Take things slow sexually and only do what you’re comfortable with. Talk about your insecurities and worries with your partner and focus on just being intimate with your partner. It’s important to learn how to relax during sex. Spend more time naked with your partner so you’ll get used to it. If you’re anxious during sex that can make sex painful. Using lube and lots of foreplay can help. Talk about your boundaries with partners and come up with safewords for when you start to get too anxious to continue. Be honest about your feelings and your partner can help. Always tell your partner when you start becoming consumed with thought of “oh they must think I’m horrible” remember you’re not a mind reader. When you become consumed with your insecurities and fears instead of dwelling on them and making up conversations in your head actually talk to your partner about them. They’ll help sort out what’s really going on! Just be patient and keep working through your anxiety.
in grade 8 i did a power point presentation on “whooping cough” and my opening slide was a photo of whoopi goldberg coughing and i was the only person who laughed at it and i couldnt start the presentation for like five minutes because i was laughing too hard at my own joke
I opened up a new tab to go to another site but i instinctively typed t and enter and came back to tumblr. god damn it.
do you ever keyboard smash
no that doesn’t look right
and so you erase it and try again
ah yes that’s how im feeling now
an accurate representation of my ascent into adulthood
sometimes i’m like
i can draw
i can draw naked people if i want to
i can draw goddamn anything
but instead i end up drawing fictional characters facing the left
my hidden talent is letting all of my homework and other obligations pile up until the very last minute so i can crack under the pressure and have a mental breakdown
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