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   Posted 10/20/2006 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am putting this on a seperate thread because it isn't personal to me but rather a general wondering about the condition of anxiety.
Do you think that it is possible to allow anxiety to become a way of life?  I am not judging anyone, I am not criticizing anyone nor am I belittling what any of us have gone through or continue to go through.  I am wondering if perhaps one can get into the habit of being anxious and in that habit possibly miss opportunities to heal what is causing it in the first place.  My anxiety is emotionally based and dealing with those issues that bring the anxiety about is putting me in control of it.  When it starts, I can now actually turn it off with a different sort of thinking and "knowing".  Can anxiety be organically based so that one does not really have control over it or is anxiety always emotionally based?  I am asking these questions because I don't know the answers and am wondering.
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   Posted 10/20/2006 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I think its both. Emotions cause changes in the production/absorption of chemicals thatcause anxiety/panic. I just read today that some medical conditions (such as hyperthyroid) can induce panic disorder. The site (Mayo Clinic) also indicated that certain personality traits and genetics play a part in a persons risk of developing A/P.

In short, I think the two - emotions and chemical/organics - go hand in hand. The trick for each of us is finding the mechanism(s) that enable us to control or even overcome A/P.


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   Posted 10/20/2006 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I thinks it's both.  Personally, something "always" triggers my anxiety.  It doesn't just come out of nowhere.  I was talking to my Revovery Pastor who explained to me that he was addicted to alcohol and drugs.  He was willing to change but he didn't know how.  He had to learn how not to be addicted to drugs and alcohol.  He has been advising me through my depression and anxiety and says that I am addicted to worry and it's not unlike an alcoholic.  I do believe that we can change these things but shouldn't beat ourselves up because I believe it's chemical or genetic too.
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   Posted 10/20/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I also believe it is Both
I too am an addictive worrier and this causes my body to lash out making me break out into very open painful sores (also connected to crohns) and stress makes them all the worse
I have to and have learnt not to let things bother me so much
I do more relaxation meditation and CBT as well as go out into Nature for long walks
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