The term anxiety is often thrown around casually.
Common Myths About Anxiety
With so many misconceptions around what anxiety is, or isn’t, it can be difficult to know what to believe. We’re here to clear up some of these common myths about anxiety.
Myth: People Have Control Over Their Symptoms
Some might say that anxiety is a case of “mind over matter”, or something that people can snap out of.
For people who experience anxiety, this is not helpful, and may stir feelings of shame around the condition. On the contrary, people with anxiety may feel out of control over their symptoms and situations that may trigger them.
Myth: Anxiety is All in Your Head
Anxiety is not just a matter of worrying or overthinking. People who experience anxiety may also have very real and uncomfortable physical symptoms like:
- A racing heart or heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Sweating and trembling
Myth: You Can Outgrow Anxiety
Whether it’s children, adolescents, or adults, many believe that anxiety is something you can simply outgrow with time. While this may be true for some people, most need real coping mechanisms and a practical plan to help minimize their symptoms.
Ignoring anxiety may cause symptoms to worsen over time, or make it that much more difficult for people to seek out resources like Brillia’s Five Pillar Program - keep reading to learn more!
Myth: Phobias are Not Real
Phobias are oftentimes mocked or the target of jokes. Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder, and they can hugely impact people's lives.3
Some of the most common phobias are:
- Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)
- Acrophobia: The fear of heights.
- Agoraphobia: Typically a fear of crowded places or open spaces.
- Mysophobia: Phobia of dirt and dreams.
Myth: People with Anxiety Always Have Panic Attacks
Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are not the same thing. Someone with anxiety however, may also have panic attacks, but that’s not always the case.
For people who don’t have panic attacks, that doesn’t make their anxiety any less real.
Myth: Anxiety is Not a “Real” Problem
Almost everyone experiences some feelings of anxiety from time to time, it’s a natural part of being human. This is often situational and leads people to believe that anxiety is something that can be controlled or solved — one of the many anxiety myths out there.
For people with anxiety disorders, it is a very real part of their everyday life.
Unlike more visible medical issues, mental health is not as tangible. This can make it difficult to diagnose or “prove”. If this is you, know that you don’t need to prove it to anyone. (I think we should write an article about how to help symptoms of anxiety and then link it here).
Myth: Severe Anxiety Requires Prescription Medication
While a lot of people may benefit from prescription anti-anxiety medication, it’s not the only option.
People with anxiety may be able to reduce or manage their symptoms with lifestyle changes like the ones outlined in Brillias Holistic 5 Pillars:
- Mindfulness and relaxation: Tools like meditation and breathing exercises can help you manage anxiety symptoms in the long term.
- Adequate Sleep: The brain needs sleep in order to re-energize and regulate itself. These tips can help you get to sleep, even when your mind is racing.
- Proper Nutrition: What you put in your mouth impacts every part of your body, including your mental health. A healthy diet can help you manage symptoms of anxiety and feel better overall.
- Controlled Screen Time: As we spend more and more time in front of screens, studies are emerging showing that they can increase feelings of anxiety. Try to limit your exposure, especially before bed.
- Taking Brillia: After incorporating the five pillars into your life you may want to incorporate an OTC product like Brillia. This gentle homeopathic option is calming, without the harmful side effects of many prescriptions.
Lifestyle changes can go a long way when it comes to managing symptoms of anxiety. Medication is available for you as a last resort.
If you experience symptoms of anxiety, remember that your experience is real and valid, and there are steps you can take to help reduce your symptoms.