Everybody knows what anxiety feels like - it's annoying and counterproductive and apparently useless, so why does it exist? It turns out your anxiety isn't useless at all - it's a result of the sympathetic nervous system (in charge of the fight or flight response), which lets you respond immediately to threats and can also help you meet that looming deadline. But you don't want your SNS running the whole show - chronic anxiety not only feels crappy, it damages your cells, alters your brain chemistry, and can exacerbate a wide range of health problems. Hank has the whole story in this episode of SciShow.
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I had my first panic attack when I was 16. It was between sophomore and junior year of high school and I had recently moved out of my childhood home. I woke up at three in the morning to use the restroom and started hallucinating. I dont remember all of what happened but I was told that I was trying to protect myself from things that weren't there and claiming that "they were out to get me" I scared my parents so bad that they thought I was possessed. To this day I still suffer with chronic anxiety and a panic disorder. This has caused me to become scared of eating, sleeping and doing anything my family doesnt like. (Very religious people and I am in a lesbian relationship. They dont like that) I have messed up my health so bad that I get dizzy when I stand up for too long, my blood sugar drops drastically because I dont eat and I'm always insanely tired. I get stressed to the point where I get physically sick and it's no fun. I try to control my anxiety with medication and other methods of keeping calm but recently life has been hellish. I've been constantly sick and my blood sugar has stayed low enough consistently that I have reactive hypoglycemia. Anyway. Enough of me ranting. Thank you for posting these videos. Watching this channel actually helps me with an anxiety attack when I am having one.
This kind of thing won’t effect you severely unless you have an actual anxiety disorder. If you feel like you’re experiencing more anxiety than normal on a regular basis, talk to your doctor. There’s no shame in needing help.
People with chronic anxiety do not need to relax or do yoga; they need to see a doctor. Chronic anxiety needs to be treated medically as it is a very serious metal health illness. Sorry, but thumbs down on this one for that "advice". Shame on you SciShow.
My worst panic attack was, well, shitty. I was going through opioid withdrawal. I was on day 3 of going cold turkey from a daily habit and thought I felt well enough to go out with my girlfriend at the time and smoke some weed. I rolled a joint and we went to a park to smoke. I took like three little puffs and was instantly high as a kite, and thus began feeling incredibly anxious. It was unlike any panic attack I've ever had. I genuinely, truly and dearly thought I was going to die. I thought I could feel my body shutting down right there in that moment. We went back to my house and next thing I knew I was writhing on my bed crying and screaming "I don't wanna die!" over and over to my mom and girlfriend. It took about half an hour before I calmed myself down and was able to think normally again. My girlfriend went home shortly after and I fell straight asleep. It was like the panic attack completely depleted all my energy and my GABA levels went through the roof. That was the first panic attack where I actually felt almost euphoric afterward. Don't smoke weed much anymore cause of that. It still gives me anxiety though it's much less intense than that day. Good lord it was truly awful. Glad I didn't die though.
If you try to fix anxiety with sedatives, you lose motivation to move. You just sit there on a couch, either sleeping, eating, watching movies or listening to music. Instead of maintaining the homeostatis between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, what it does is make you feel sleepy and nobody wants to do anything when they're sleepy.
Once, I had a panic attack which caused the pins-and-needles feeling in my legs, hands, arms, and face. My hands experienced the worst of it and actually paralyzed, my thumbs locked into my palms and my fingers bunched up. It was crazy.
It seems to me (especially from the comments below) that anxiety and depression are confused. Some of the people writing down on the comments section seem more depressed than "anxious". Could you explain?
The adrenaline response is too powerful. It's fine to amp up heart rate, but it does no good to make you feel like you can't breathe, and neither of those effects is particularly useful for reciting poetry in front of the class. I speak from a specific experience, and let me say that it was the worst performance of "the road not taken" ever.
Psychoneuroimmunology is a mouthful but it's the study about how your emotions affect your immune system and how things like depression makes it more difficult for you to fight disease. My dad, a nurse, introduced it to me a while ago.
I had frequent anxiety attacks for years; feeling lightheaded, unable to stop or control my whole body shaking in waves hard enough to shake the whole bed, feeling like I couldn't breathe properly, heart racing and freaking out that I might be having a heart attack or something. It almost always started in the middle of the night when I was trying to get to sleep and typically lasted for 3 to 4 hours, so I was often pretty out of it the next day at school. It didn't even seem to have any cause, it would just start up out of the blue, which made it even more scary somehow.
I barely get them anymore, but it was horrible back when it was happening often. Because it happened in the middle of the night, it didn't interfere much with what activities I could do during the day, but I couldn't rest properly, felt fatigued alot, and bothered my family who were trying to sleep and who I went to for comfort.
I have chronic anxiety exacerbated by the fact that I just quit Klonopin cold turkey after almost 10 years of taking it. The withdrawal syndrome is horrible, involuntary shakes, biting my inner lip till it bleeds and is constantly sored, insomnia and lack of focus.
Recently I started taking medicinal Cannabis (Indica) and it sure helps but my body still needs to get rid of all that chemicals.
It’s sad cause I have generalized anxiety and I have social anxiety, which I have been having a huge time dealing with. For YEARS. Over time it has gotten out of control to the point where I cannot function in everyday activities with people...lots of times I love to go out I hate staying indoors but sadly I am plagued with the constant anxiety... it’s a nightmare.
I’ve been working on my anxiety for a few years now. After I lost my mom due to two terrible years of ALS. Things started falling apart with me. Anxiety was and pretty much still is 24/7. Anxiety attacks first started as a daily thing. From overthinking to the point of hyperventilating, tingly feelings in my entire body, kinda like when your arm falls asleep. My face would go numb, loud ringings in my ear, uncontrolled panic.
I love it when y'all are able to give me a simplified version of concepts and end up explaining more in a couple of minutes than hours deep into journal articles! And it's an awesome way to recalibrate my head when it gets too overwhelmed during such activity!!
THANK YOU SCISHOW!!!
So I developed hyperacusis, tinnitus and hearing loss due to chronic loud noise exposure from headphones, I suffered a month long period of severe anxiety where I couldn't sleep, eat, move, or keep balance. It was awful. Funny enough is hyperacusis, tinnitus and hearing loss all contribute to anxiety and can be exasperated by anxiety. So it all goes full circle.Take tinnnitus for example, anxiety causes spikes. Tinnitus spikes can cause people lots of anxiety and the more anxiety, causes a bigger spike. Haha so it took me a good while to just get out of that "doom and gloom" stage of early Tinnitus, hyperacusis and hearing loss that many of my fellow sufferers have. I still suffer from these problems but ever since my stopped getting anxious and calming down, my life and my symptoms have decreased dramatically.
i had to dump many Type-A friends due to their anxiety issues that was fueled by Envy. Envy ignites anxiety at the end... then it becomes a game of ''center of attention'', pathological lying & irrational responses. i've managed to control my anxiety by the means of placebo and psychedelics. or simply placebo its self. placebo to hallucination soberly, placebo to drink water to rid headaches. placebo that this video will calm me more now than what i was 3:20 minutes ago. #life changes every second.
Is there such a thing as sympathetic sympathetic reactions?
I get super stressed when others around me are, even if I'm not affected, or even care about the person.
In fact, this video made me a bit more stressed, or at least more aware of it.
Me trying to cure myself by exposure = Nausea + pooping 3 times a day at least + throat inflamation every working days for several years which did not lead to be cured but to a disability pension. So a seriously reduced income but no more bleeding hemorrhoids.
The first antidepressant I took was an SSRI used to treat depression and anxiety. When I took it, it gave me anxiety and made my heart race. When I switched and stopped taking it, it gave me a severe panic attack. Medication is fun :-)
I have a generalized anxiety disorder. After suffering for years I sought help and doing so much better! I've suffered upwards of 4 to 5 panic attacks in a day. I still get them but they don't last as long and I know what to do!
A few days ago I had an anxiety attack caused by a lack of sleep, and frankly a few other things. I had been awake for more than 36 hours at which point your brain goes haywire. I was walking along with two female friends when two dogs started following us. At first I didn't pay much attention to them, but when they came closer and started howling, probably just to get our attention or seek food, I became terrified. And I was never afraid of dogs, in fact I love them, but this night was different because of my altered sleepless state of mind. One of the dogs was black and extremely ugly, but it was just a dog nonetheless. But to me it seemed like a creature from hell. I became terrified. So terrified in fact that I ran away to hide behind a police officer, leaving my friends with the dogs. To make matters worse, I heard the dogs barking in the distance and I was terrified of what had happened to my friends, but I couldn't help them because I was paralyzed with fear. Turns out there was nothing to be afraid of, it was just two hungry dogs, albeit ugly dogs. But it was the worst fear I had ever experienced. I am still traumatized. Because of a dog. Not a big dog for that matter and not an aggressive one either. Just goes to show, sleep is VERY IMPORTANT!!!
My worst one was when I was getting life guard training, I hadn't had a panic attack in several years so I assumed id be fine to do this, But I had one, in the water, so badly that I threw up and the pool had to be drained and cleaned. Yeah..anxiety really sucks.
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