Tuesday, April 30, 2013
In the weeks since I injured my knee I have experienced episodes of anxiety. Anxiety is beyond worry and concern It is a fearfulness and uncertainty that affects both physical and psychological health. For me it comes in the night.I wake bathed in sweat. I cannot return to sleep. When I do sleep I continually tumble and fall in my dreams. My heart pounds. 40 million Americans experience one or more episodes of anxiety each year. The lucky ones know that there is effective treatment. I am surprised at the degree of psychological engagement with my injury, I have a new appreciation of the greater exposure to anxiety experienced by those in life threatening situations. In case you know someone who is experiencing fearfulness, worry, apprehension, and is distracted, fatigued, nauseated, has heart palpitations or chest pain, share the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness . Your friend does not need to suffer.