Anxiety is a state characterized by feelings of tension. Mild anxiety is vague and discomforting; but too much anxiety can turn into a disorder that affects total cognitive development of a person. Anxiety is one of the most common disorders affecting people worldwide. Feelings of anxiety are most likely to arise when the reaction of situation is not the same as expected. It can be accompanied by physical symptoms such as nausea and high blood pressure. Studies have shown that people who suffer from various anxiety disorders show some similarities in their personality. These personality traits can also make existing anxiety worse. Some characteristics that you possess may point towards a risk of developing an anxiety disorder. Therefore, it is necessary for you to know if you suffer from the disorder or not and should accordingly seek treatment for it. All anxiety disorders can be treated effectively.
Here are 7 personality traits strongly linked to an increased risk of anxiety disorders:
Overthinking is a horrid part of personality that points towards an anxiety disorder. Anxiety and overthinking are partners in crime. When you overthink every decision and every move you or people around you make, it leads to anxiety. Overthinking includes obsessing over what you said, did not say or should say. Anxiety makes us overthink and over-analyse everything, and the consequences of overthinking is never pretty.
The reason perfectionism is associated with anxiety is that anxiety makes us want everything to be perfect in the messy world around us. Perfectionism is not the desire to do well, instead, perfection is the desire to do the perfect job. Anxiety and perfectionism make each other worse. Even a tiny mistake can make a person anxious and make them fear mistakes. To achieve perfectionism, a person will spend more time on a task than is required. Two types of anxiety disorders associated with perfectionism are generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder.
3. Resistance to change
Resistance to change is a common personality trait seen in people who suffer from anxiety. Those suffering from anxiety usually find themselves worrying about change in their lifestyle. They start feeling anxious when it comes to trying something new. Anxiety forces a person to focus on the possible negative outcomes that might come with the change. For them, a small change might mean stepping out of their comfort zone.4. Empathy
People suffering from anxiety are often empathetic. They always want to make people around them feel good about themselves. High levels of anxiety can influence the levels of empathy. People with high level of empathy have a strong desire to make everything better. Their consideration of what others think can make them obsess about their social interactions, cause them to feel guilty or embarrassed about small mistakes.
Irritability and anxiety are strongly associated. Those suffering with extreme anxiety get irritable and upset too easily. People suffering from anxiety feel irritated due to living in a constant state of worry. The outside world seems to be intrusive and agitating. When such symptoms prevail, it is important to seek help.
6. Extreme imagination
Not everyone with imagination is prone to anxiety disorders, but when the imagination is extremely intricate it becomes a symptom of anxiety. People with anxiety tend to create scenarios in their head. When these scenarios aren’t fulfilled, or the situation doesn’t seem to go as they planned, a state of anxiety prevails.
Avoidance is a personality trait that relates to anxiety. People with anxiety are likely to avoid things that cause them stress. Instead of dealing with difficult situation, they tend to run away from it. This way, one tries to avoid which in turn makes them even more anxious. It becomes a vicious cycle.
This winter control asthma with inhalation therapy
Whether youre indoors or outdoors, winter will exacerbate asthma attacks. Winter is the most loved season, but it might be unpleasant for patients with lung diseases. An American Lung Association fact-sheet states that asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders and currently affects about 7.1 million children under 18 years. The World Health Organisation Global Burden of Disease Study estimates that 13.8 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) are lost yearly due to asthma, representing 1.8 per cent of the total global disease burden.
For 300 million people around the globe suffering from asthma, the cold winter months often lead to a worsening of their symptoms.
The cold environment it not suitable for asthma patients. Their lungs and airway passages are quite sensitive. To a larger extent, asthma symptoms related to winter can be in controlled and managed by precise treatment and medication. Due to the swelling in the lining of the airways which leads to their narrowing, and the sticky mucus or phlegm build-up that blocks the airways, breathing is difficult and forced for asthmatic patients.
During winter, the cold air causes airways to tighten further, making it even more difficult to breathe.
Many patients and their family members are misinformed about the causes of asthma and the treatment options available. It is a necessity to educate patients and caregivers about the disease and treatment with minimal side-effects of inhaled corticosteroids, i.e. inhalation therapy.
Many pharmaceutical organisations are running campaigns to bust myths around inhalation therapy. Often, the word steroids evokes apprehensions in the minds of patients causing them to shy away from inhalers. The steroid is produced by the human body naturally to deal with inflammation and it is also safe for children and pregnant women. The inhalation therapy consists of an inhaler pump to send the corticosteroids into airway passages.
According to a research article published in Respiratory Medicine journal, the correlation between inhalation therapy for asthma and clinical efficacy is positive, with improved symptom-control and lung-function shown in most studies of adults, adolescents and children.
In the inhalation therapy, the inflammation of the airway requires a very small quantity of corticosteroids — around 25 to 100 micrograms — but when it is consumed through the oral/intestinal route the amount administered is very large — about 10,000 micrograms, since only a fraction of the drug reaches the lungs. This means that every time an asthma patient pops a pill or a tablet, he/she is actually taking almost 200 times the amount of medication required, leading to ill-effects on health.
Inhalation therapy directly gives body only that amount of steroid needed to control the symptoms. Against this, oral medication first gets dissolved in the blood and then reaches various organs, including the lungs.
Thus, inhalation therapy is a simple and easy solution for asthma patients to enjoy their winter to the fullest.
Some nose, throat bacteria less likely to develop into flu: Study
US researchers have identified a cluster of nose and throat bacteria that made their hosts less likely to get flu.
The researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) looked at samples of nose and throat bacteria and used DNA sequencing to identify which bacteria were present.
Analysing the bacterial composition across all samples, they found five clusters.After taking into account other known factors that could affect an individual’s
susceptibility to influenza, such as age, exposure to tobacco, crowded household and flu vaccination, the researchers then looked to see if individuals with a given cluster were less likely to get influenza.
“We looked at who had which cluster and whether it makes a difference on whether they got influenza, and it does,” said lead author Betsy Foxman, Professor at UM. “That’s the exciting thing about it. It tells us if you have this bacterial community, you have lower risk for getting the flu. That’s big news because it really hasn’t been shown before.”
However, the findings published in PLOS ONE journal also bring new questions.”Is it really possible to push someone’s microbiome in a way that would make a difference? Is it possible that we could tell people – ‘Here’s your microbiome pill?'” Foxman said, adding that “It’s a very long road and we’re at the beginning.”
Researchers hope that similar studies can be done in a different population and possibly follow them longer for secondary bacterial infections.”We know we are always going to need new antibiotics but this way we could hold on to them longer and, presumably, if we could intervene in this way there would be fewer side effects,” Foxman said.
For the study, the team enrolled 717 participants from 144 households. Household members of individuals with confirmed influenza were recruited for the study and followed for 13 days or until they developed influenza, whichever came first. They included only the 537 individuals who tested negative for influenza at the beginning of the study.
Taking artificial sweeteners as a sugar substitute? Study says it may not be effective
While some people who are trying to avoid sugar are increasingly opting for artificial sugar, a recent study has revealed that taking artificial sugar may not be a good idea after all.”Growing concerns about health and quality of life have encouraged people to adapt healthy lifestyles and avoid the consumption of food rich in sugars, salt, or fat to prevent obesity and other non-communicable diseases. With increased consumer interest in reducing energy intake, food products containing non-sugar sweeteners (NSSs) rather than simple sugars (monosaccharides and disaccharides) have become increasingly popular”, the study stated.
But replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners used in Diet Coke and other soft drinks has no effect on weight loss and their long-term health effects are still poorly understood, the review said. The study titled ‘Association between intake of non-sugar sweeteners and health outcomes: systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials and observational studies’ was led by the University of Freiburg and published in the BMJ.
It also highlighted the absence of research on the long-term health effects of sweeteners when taken over years or decades. In this comprehensive systematic review, a broad range of health outcomes was investigated to determine a possible association with non-sugar sweetener used by a generally healthy population.
“The studies were set up to look at different types of sweeteners, measuring weight, blood sugar (glycaemic) control, oral health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, mood and behaviour in consumers. For most of them, there was no statistical difference in weight loss or health benefits of adults and children using higher doses of sweeteners rather than small amounts or none”, a report in The Guardian stated.
This comprehensive systematic review covers a broad range of benefits and harms of NSSs in a generally healthy population of adults and children, following rigorous systematic review methods. “Overall, we included 56 studies of adults and children, which assessed the associations and effects of NSSs on different health outcomes.
For most outcomes, there seemed to be no statistically or a clinically relevant difference between NSS intake versus no intake, or between different doses of NSSs. No evidence was seen for health benefits from NSSs and potential harms could not be excluded. The certainty of the included evidence ranged from very low to moderate, and our confidence in the reported effect estimates is accordingly limited”, the study stated.