Anxiety – What Is It?

Colored by my daughter, to symbolize how thankful she is – that God helped us figure this out! 🙂 Praise be to Him!

You or someone you know many struggle with anxiety.  Often times it’s a genetic thing, which is why you may find you tend to worry or act like aunt Martha, or your (gasp) your father.  Many people are on medicines for their anxiety, because it can spiral them into a depression – if left to its own irrational devices.  I’m sure there are many more – but these are the top ones I hear about the most – and perhaps are the ones most people consider when they think of people with anxiety.

Well there are lots of things that incubus “ANXIETY”… but if it’s genetic, as far as how God designed someone to have more anxiety over someone else, then He also created a way through Him to have everlasting peace, and a calm soul.  Obviously environment helps to mold and encourage or diffuse that anxiety disorder.

If this isn’t a struggle of yours, read this anyway – while considering how frustrating to control it would be, for those who do.  Not all anxiety requires medication, but some of it has been fueled by very real things.

A general anxiety disorder – or GAD has the following “symptoms”

– Difficulty concentrating

– Fatigue

– Irritability

– Problems falling or staying asleep, and sleep that is often restless and unsatisfying

– Restlessness, and often becoming startled very easily

Some people have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Which is an anxiety disorder recognized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). With obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may realize that your obsessions aren’t reasonable, and you may try to ignore them or stop them. But that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts in an effort to ease your stressful feelings.  {This is me.  I call it task master – but… it’s OCD. 🙂 }

Then there is a social anxiety disorder or social phobia (this is definitely NOT me, but I know people with this.)

– Blushing

– Difficulty talking

– Nausea

– Profuse sweating

– Trembling

I had some major OCD type of issues, more so – before having 8 children – and having to let a lot go….  so I’m going to guess I didn’t have that genuine condition, or God knocked the wind out of that for me.

Truthfully I think much of the anxiety I have had – is fueled by outside stress vs. unrealistic things.  {If only staying home was the option – but I do love getting out and about.}  My CD was always much worse when I was stressed by an outside trigger.  Being in a new place, and not knowing where the bathroom is, being around stressful people or situations that constantly question – anything I could internalize – would make me sick… and add in a few of the probabilities – new place, and stressful people…  *ugh*  Not. Good.

I remember having a lot of anxiety, was while carrying my first child.  It was a lot of pressure, and a new situation.  So many unknowns.

…and then .. there was the PUPPS rash I had with my first pregnancy… (Chicago University Celiac Center has confirmed this is tied to Dermatitis Herpetiformis, the skin type of celiac disease – get a skin biopsy – you have celiac disease, yes – for real.)

In about my 8th month, this horrid, crazy, itching rash that took over my stomach.

Nothing would touch these hives.  I mean nothing.  Thankfully they were only on my belly.  My Dr. explained it as a hormonally induced rash – from pregnancy, essentially stress on your system from the hormones.  I was told,  “you might get it once, but never again.”  (I had it multiple times BTW, but never THIS bad)…  Once the baby is born,  it’s supposed to go away.  She said.

After labor, mine BLEW UP.

I mean – it was EVERYWHERE.

ALL over my body.  Every fold, and crevice – and it itched something TERRIBLE.

The Dr. on call, visited the following day to check me out… When she pulled back the sheet – she gasped and said, “WHAT is that?”  I cried inside thinking… aren’t YOU supposed to know?  I chalked it up to my ‘one in a million girl” status.  Again.

So imagine that.  22 hours of labor.  First child, and grandchild…. and did I mention we came home Christmas Eve?

No pressure.

I was an itchy, hormonal mess – and anxiety was high. 😦

They gave me steroids to diffuse it, and eventually it worked, a month later.  But not before drying out my milk supply and causing hallucinations, anxiety and depression beyond belief.

However, NOW that I’ve read how PUPPS is also tied to celiac disease as well…  and I think – WOW.  How many times was this missed throughout my lifetime?

No.  Really?

Have a beautiful Friday!  Do all you can to ward off anxiety by keeping your stress level low in all ways you can, working out and eating right!! Do all you can to be healthy for Him!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,

but a spirit of power,

of love and of self-discipline.”

2 Tim. 1:7

Posted on September 21, 2012, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Our Struggles, Truth and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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