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Anxiety is a Symptom - Not a Diagnosis

Every living creature on this planet survives by avoiding threats and gravitating towards rewards. The driving force is staying alive and survival of the species. This is accomplished by the nervous system taking in data from the environment through each body sensor and analyzing it every millisecond.

Every living creature on this planet survives by avoiding threats and gravitating towards rewards. The driving force is staying alive and survival of the species. This is accomplished by the nervous system taking in data from the environment through each body sensor and analyzing it every millisecond. All of the senses count and are in constant competition. The highest concentration of receptors is in the eyes in the form of rods and cones and the lowest is in the skin, which has several different types.

Reality

The first step in this process is for your brain to define reality. There is nothing inherent in any receptor that defines anything. A cat is a cat because your brain has unscrambled visual signals and has determined the nature of this animal. A cat's meow is analyzed from the auditory receptors and the signals travel to a different area of the brain. Your nervous system then has to link these two inputs together to associate this sound as one that emanates from a cat. This complex sequence occurs for every aspect of your reality. Whatever you call "real" is only your individual interpretation of the world. Although there are close similarities, no one sees even one object exactly the same.

Next, all of your senses keep combining input to determine other properties of objects, such as hot, cold, smooth, red, yellow, loud, bright, etc. Other people are a basic part of this identification process. Your infant has to first recognize you as a human before other layers are added.

Identity

At some point, a child recognizes that he or she is separate from others and then realizes that the closeness of the bond with mother/ father hopefully not only represents a haven of safety, but also the link to life itself. Any threat to this connection is unacceptable. Identification of self, relationship to others, social awareness, ideas, concepts and abstract thinking all will progressively follow with age.

Anxiety is a Symptom - Not a Diagnosis

It is only so if I say it's so

The reason why I am presenting the obvious, is to make the point that nothing exists without your brain gathering data, unscrambling it, and determining what is. (1) It is based on your prior programming. Somewhere in the midst of all of this, babies have to learn to survive on their own, which means that one basic function is determining what is and isn't safe. However, that can't happen until some sense of separation and definition of the world has happened. A newborn can't determine that a hot stove is dangerous until it knows what a stove is. He or she can only instinctively pull away from too much heat but can't know enough yet to avoid it in the future.

This is how every creature stays alive, with many species being able to care for themselves much more quickly than humans. The essence of this skill is avoiding danger and gravitating towards rewards. What drives this action? One of the main factors is the state of your body's chemical makeup. If the brain has determined something or someone is a threat, it will compel you to take action to solve the problem.

Compelled

One of the responsibilities of the central nervous system is to maintain the delicate balance of the body's chemistry. There are numerous chemicals to monitor. When there is a threat, hormones will be secreted that increase your chances of survival. Some of the core stress response hormones are adrenaline, noradrenaline, endorphins, histamines and cortisol. I won't list the effects of each of these, but the net result is an increased capacity to flee from danger. Much of this is modulated through the autonomic nervous system, which also has many direct effects such as increased heart rate, rapid breathing, dilation of certain blood vessels and constriction of others.

All of these allow you to leap into action, but what compels you to do so? It is a feeling of dread that we call anxiety. It is so deep and uncomfortable that you have no choice but to take action. Once the threat is gone and the body is back in balance (homeostasis), you can go on with your life. Anxiety describes the cumulative sensation of a threat. It is symptom, not a diagnosis, disease, or disorder. Therefore, it isn't treatable by primarily addressing it as the problem. Once you understand it is only a warning mechanism, you can address the root causes that are unique to you.

Anxiety is a Symptom - Not a Diagnosis

Seeking rewards

Conversely, survival also depends on engaging in behaviors that allow you to flourish and procreate. It is enjoyable to eat, quench your thirst, inhale a breath of fresh air, take a nap, empty a full bowel or bladder, make love and spend time with close friends and family. When you are lying in the sun or holding your newborn baby, your body is full of reward chemicals such as oxytocin (love drug), dopamine (rewards), serotonin (mood elevator) and GABA chemicals (anti-anxiety). Your heart rate is slower and your muscles are loose. What a great chemical bath. It isn't as critical to survival to be in this state, and we aren't urgently compelled to act. We aren't avoiding an imminent threat. Many words encapsulate this scenario and I will choose, "relaxed." Relaxed is a description of this state and also not a diagnosis, disorder or disease.

These shifts in your body's balance occur by the millisecond. Disease does occur when this balance is disrupted by sustained levels of stress hormones. This data has been known for decades. (2)

"The Curse of Consciousness"

The universal problem of being human is what I call, "The Curse of Consciousness." Recent neuroscience research has shown that threats in the form of unpleasant thoughts or concepts are processed in a similar area of the brain as physical threats with the same chemical response. (3) The "curse" is that none of us can escape our thoughts, so we are subjected to an endless stress chemical assault on our body. This translates into more than 30 physical symptoms and many disease states. These include autoimmune disorders and early death. (4, 5) However, the worst symptom is relentless anxiety. In my personal experience and working with thousands of patients in pain, the mental pain, manifested by anxiety, is beyond words, intolerable. It is the reason why the only description I could come with for this state of being was, "The Abyss." It is the essence of human suffering and the additional physical symptoms are the final insult. It is a universal phenomenon, varying only in intensity and styles of coping - some much better than others.

Since this unconscious survival mechanism has been estimated to be a million times more powerful than your conscious brain, it isn't responsive to rational interventions to manage or control it. The solution lies in the fact that this is an unsolvable problem. Without anxiety that is unpleasant enough so as to compel you take action, you wouldn't survive. Neither would you or the human species survive without the drive to seek physiological rewards.

Solution principles

The first step is to understand the nature of anxiety, and it is simply feedback indicating the levels of your stress hormones. View it as the fuel gauge in your car. It simply lets you that you are being threatened, whether it is real or perceived. It doesn't matter. But, you do have to allow yourself to feel it before you can deal with it.

Anxiety is a Symptom - Not a Diagnosis

Second, if anxiety is the measure of your body's survival hormones, then the only way to decrease it is to lower them. This can be accomplished in two ways with each category requiring different tools:

  • Directly through relaxation techniques
  • Indirectly by lowering the reactivity of your brain to dampen the survival response. This is accomplished by stimulating your brain to rewire so the response to a threat results in a lower chemical surge and is of shorter duration. The term for this is, "neuroplasticity." Your brain changes every second with new cells, connections and myelin.

By not wasting energy trying to treat or solve your anxiety, you now have the energy to pursue a new path with a remarkable surge in energy, life forces and creativity.

DOC is a framework

How is this accomplished? Learning tools to calm and rewire your nervous system is the core of the DOC (Direct your Own Care) project. These are approaches have been known for centuries and have been buried under the weight of modern information overload and pace of life. The DOC process is a framework for you to understand the nature of pain, your relevant issues and you can figure out your own version of a solution. The clarity will allow you to connect to your own capacity to heal by developing skills to auto-regulate your body's chemistry from anxiety to relaxed. Consider anxiety as the fuel needed to take quick action and relaxation and is what we want for our baseline and cruising.

Success in learning to adjust your body's chemical makeup is based on awareness and openness to learning so change can occur. It is remarkably simple and consistent. Join me in living your life in a manner that you could not conceive was possible - even better than before you were crushed by pain.

Anxiety is a Symptom - Not a Diagnosis

Is "relaxed" a diagnosis? No!! Is "anxious" a diagnosis? No!!!! To read your body's chemistry gauge, you first have to allow yourself to feel.

References:

  1. Feldman Barrett, Lisa. How Emotions are Made. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. New York, New York, 2017.
  2. Rahe R, et al. "Social stress and illness onset." J Psychosomatic Research (1964); 8: 35.
  3. Eisenberger N. "The neural bases of social pain: Evidence for shared representations with physical pain." Psychosom Med (2012); 74: 126-135.
  4. Torrance N, et al. Severe chronic pain is associated with increased 10-year mortality: a cohort record linkage study. Eur J Pain (2010);14:380-386.
  5. Song, H, et al. Association of stress-related disorders with subsequent autoimmune disease. JAMA (2018); 319: 2388-2400.
Dr. David Hanscom, MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Founder, Vertus, Inc.

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Introduction

Now a days how does technology addiction pollute our brain. We all know that carrots and broccoli are healthy but the question is can we eat them all day. Overuse of anything works rather than benefits, and many of us are happy to see more use of technology.

Survey

According to the results of the survey conducted in 34 countries by the Consumer Data Collection company, Web Web Index, users of the Internet are online for an average of six hours daily. In these countries, Thailand, Philippines and Brazil spend more than nine hours online every day, with a third of them spending on social media. So the question is, what does technology do with our brains?

Due to the increasing use of technology it is still being scientifically investigated on its effects on our physical and mental health. It pollute our brain.

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Dr.Shami Kang a pediatrician's mental health specialist in Canada, also focuses on people with technology addiction.

He said that technology disturbances, depression, self-esteem are increasing and the Internet is on the rise.

Just as super foods and junk foods are available with healthy foods in the diet, there are different types of technology,

if you want to have a good relationship with them, you have to understand that it is on your mind. so pollute our brain technology .

Dr. Kang says

that our brain goes through 'meta-bolisms' or chemical changes when it comes into contact with technology and releases

There are Five different types of neurochemical into our body.

Serotonin :

This neurochemical release occurs when we are doing some creative work, interacting with someone and engaging in a task.

Endorphin:

This chemical is a 'painkiller' for the human body.Generally, it is a useful neurochemical, but those targeted by others on the Internet can use it to their advantage.

Dopamine:

This neurochemical has immediate benefits but is also an addiction.The use of technology to release this chemical is increasing.

Adrenaline:

It regulates our reaction to activities like neurochemical fighting and blowing, but it's also a mix of likes, pictures and social media.

Cortisol:

This neurochemical stressor, sleep deprived, is considered to be very busy and weak.

Kang says 'Affordable technology includes everything that releases brain-enhancing serotonin, endorphin or oxytocin.'

Examples of well-established and genuine relationship-promoting apps are examples, but if you add a good amount of dopamine to your habit, it will make you addicted to social media.

She says, 'For example, there is a creative app and your child uses it to make movies.But imagine if he starts using this app for six or seven hours.'It's not a candy crush like junk technology that only releases dopamine, but you still have to be careful and set a limit.

On the contrary, we use junk technology only to 'destroy ourselves'.She compares it to eating junk food emotionally because “we do it under stress.” We worry about harmful health things

Benefits

• because we enjoy the benefits of it, like porn.

• Addictive video games and hate speech like content, cyberbullying, gambling, slot machines.

Technology Diet:

Technology Diet: Dr Kang says that any healthy technology should stay away from toxins in a diet. But staying in moderation can be a bit enjoyable.We are all encouraged to refrain from processed foods and sweet drinks, but there is no point in eating pizza and popcorn with children on Friday nights.

Likewise there's no harm in scrolling on Instagram or playing video games occasionally.

Dr. Kang says, however, that if you have diabetes or may develop palsy, your medical recommendation for sugar will be a little harder than the general public.

For example, "if you are someone whose family is addicted to something or is having anxiety, depression or having time constraints, you have to worry because you Habits are potentially"

She says that especially children are very insecure and there is so much research that can identify children who have been victims of a problem online in advance

Digital Detox:

The world is gaining access to the Internet and the life of mobile phones is increasing but the day is constantly seeing resistance from one another's connected lives.and Artificial intelligence

Global World Index :

According to the Global World Index, seven out of every 10 Internet users in the US and UK have done 'digital dieting' or 'complete digital detox'.

This includes reducing the amount of time you spend online from closing a social media account, deleting apps.

Dr.Kang says :“Using technology, all other human needs should be taken into account."

Tips:

We should sleep eight to nine hours each night, we should move our bodies two to three hours daily.You should go out of the house and bake the sun - although you are using the best technology but if you consider it an alternative to human history, then it is more than the limit.

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