A Surprising List of Anxiety Triggers—are any yours?

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A Surprising List of Anxiety Triggers—are any yours?
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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 1:23pm

Are we making ourselves even more anxious without realizing it? 

Here are ten triggers: http://www.ivillage.com/what-causes-anxiety-surprising-list-anxiety-triggers/4-a-527479 

Have you cut any of these out of your daily routine? Has it helped? Do you notice if you add something in or more of something your anxiety lessons? Does anyone have any unconscious (or conscious in the case of knowing that they are one!) cues?

I suffer PTSD from my son needing brain surgery as an infant. He was 10 days past his first birthday when we entered the hospital and he had emergency surgery two days later. I get very worked up thinking about that time, thinking about how long he went undiagnosed, and how sick he was in general. I can't look at any photos of him between 3 months to 1yr. I just become a mess. So I avoid it like the plague. But sometimes it comes up, such as when I was discussing it with his teacher. He's having issues and we're trying to figure out the best course and she asked about it and we were both practically in tears as I was rehashing it. :S

Everyone things of anxiety as a current or future worry, but you can, in fact, be anxious over previous situations. (I'm the queen of "Why didn't I say that!" after a confrontation — good or bad!)

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Registered: 01-25-2013

OMG. I'd never sleep again if that were my child. I would not be able to take my eyes off him.Ever.

I have many of those anxiety triggers and am surprised that those supplements cause anxiety. I take a couple for depression. So now I have to decide which is worse; depression or anxiety. Typical of my life.

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Registered: 12-27-1999

I have known about these for a very long time.  My son has ADhD and even before that the idea of an artificial sweetner seemed wrong to me.  Besides I live where they grow sugar cane. 

It's that last group of triggers that is tough.  You can't control scents and you can't always avoid similar situations.  The best thing to do is face those triggers and try to heal. 

My son too came close to death right after he was born.  He was barely a month old and he developed RSV.  I took him to the pediatrician thinking he had a bad cold and was told to go straight to the hospital.  I had no clue as to where that hospital was and this was way before GPS in cars and even before smart phones.  I went and got my mother and in tears told her what I had to do and we were off to the children's hospital.  My husband was over an hour and a half away and he beat us to the hospital.  He must of drove that car as fast as it would go.  I got my son into the room and they put this tiny baby on the bed and started hooking him up to every type of machine.  That's when I lost it.  I had to step out of the room.  I made it just outside the door and leaned against the wall, then I sank to the floor in tears.  I was sobbing.  My husband had been running around the hospital for fifteen minutes looking for us.  He found me just as I started to break down.  My mother had to tell him what was going on.  I was a total wreck. 

He spent several days in the hospital. He spent most of the time in an oxygen tent.  I couldn't hold him, I could only reach under the tent and put my hand on him.  In the beginning I would cry when I would relate that story but it  is now 20 years later and I rejoice in the fact that my son is alive and doing well.  It's a matter of perspective and time will help.  It will get better but you will never forget and you will always feel that feeling of how lucky you are and how special he is.  It can be a good thing.

 

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Registered: 04-18-2012

I see a few on that list that I should be cutting out. I'm a caffeine addict and I'm sure that it doesn't help my anxiety at all.  I just can't imagine going without it (which is probably another reason I need to kick the habit!).

I do drink a lot of water during the day, though, so hopefully staying fully hydrated is helping a bit. I never skip meals either. If I know I'll be out and about during a mealtime or time of day when I'm prone to get hungry, I'm always sure to pack a pretty big snack. 

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Registered: 12-27-1999

I was addicted to caffiene.  I must have drank two gallons of caffinated soda a day.  I kept getting urinary tract infections and yeast infections, so I was ordered to cut it out.  I literally went through withdrawal symtoms.  After that it easy going.  To this day I don't drink any caffiene, and I limit my chocolte intake to just one small piece of chocolate a day, and I don't actually eat a piece of chocolate a day but I never eat more than one.  I have found other things that take their place.  I love love love Dr. Pepper and they make a version without caffiene.  Yay!  I only drink one can a day.   I drink tea that has no caffiene.  I like white chocolate.  I will eat a cookie that has chocolate chips or covered in chocolate but that counts as my one piece of chocolate a day; one cookie.  After a month, I didn't even like the taste of soda with caffiene in it.  Same for tea.  If you can make it through the beginning of it, it won't be difficult after that.  You will truly find that you don't like it anymore.   Everyone I know who has given up the big C says that same thing.  I've been living this way for more than 20 years.  I'm healthier physically.  Even my ear infections decreased drastically.   I'm not sleepy all the time, which I totally was before I gave it up.  I did use a little trick when I was giving it up.  I chewed gum every single time I wanted caffiene and it helped and I bet I have the strongest jaws in town.  LOL!

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