Anxiety Highs: A New and Very Prevalent Issue in the United States

In a lot of ways, the nation and the world itself is in a sort of an emotional meltdown.  Shootings, global warming, the election, terrorism, the war, racial issues, health issues, climate change, and many other factors have millions of Americans pretty freaked out.  What most don’t know is that many people are actually, literally addicted to the adrenaline rush of anxiety, known as “the fight or flight response” and don’t know how to diffuse it or get rid of it.  In a lot of ways this can be a lot more difficult than a drug or alcohol addiction because it is being addicted to a feeling or an emotion, not an actual concrete, physical substance that can simply be gotten rid of that they are unfortunately dealing with.

An example of this new, strange trend of anxiety addiction is that of one obsessively watching the news over and over again day in and day out about natural disasters, trauma, economic stress, and violence, then on top of that not being able to turn bad news off and just search for the good news.  Another great example of an addictive behavior of one who is essentially seeking out a high from being hit with heavy anxiety about something would be that state of high anxiety that results from information overload and internet addiction both.  This particular manifestation also of course is related to America’s super-dependence on smart phones and computers.  An anxiety high is basically evidenced by someone who compulsively uses his or her phone to check and see just how much attention he or she is getting on social media, how many texts or emails he or she has received, and of course what’s on the news on his or her phone.

How to Tackle Anxiety Addiction

Though anxiety addiction might be more intricate to tackle than something cut and dried like drug or alcohol addiction, this type of addiction is still a lot easier to get rid of simply because it is quite literally just between the person and himself or herself.  To quiet anxiety and to turn off one’s flight-or-flight response, it’s important to re-train one’s brain to send chemicals to counteract this powerful biological response that one gets from an adrenaline rush and from anxiety.  With a calm mind and a relaxed biology, one can actually generate endorphins, the blissful, natural, drug-free painkillers in one’s body. To master one’s anxiety, practice the techniques below to quiet the physiological and psychological systems both.

One way to stop anxiety addiction in its tracks is simply being aware of what triggers one’s anxiety and actually mindfully making choices to cope with them to then provide emotional freedom.  If this is done successfully then one won’t simply be reacting when one gets one’s buttons pushed.  If one stays away from the things that create anxiety, then one will be better able to take charge of one’s emotions and one’s life.

True enough, an addiction to anxiety is a very real and very serious thing.  If one becomes addicted to anxiety then the first thing to avoid is taking prescription drugs as a part of an addiction.  While an addiction to the adrenaline rush and the physiological and mental feelings of an anxiety attack by itself is pretty severe, one can address an issue like this with pretty basic techniques and methods.  However, if one also starts taking prescription drugs as a part of his or her anxiety like Xanax, Ativan, or Klonopin, then one is quite literally setting himself or herself up for a potentially deadly and life threatening addiction.

Fighting against an addiction of any kind is never as easy or as straightforward as one might hope.  In fact, some addicts feel as though their addictions are so severe that they will never beat them.  This is not the case for any addiction though, and it never has been.  Particularly with an addiction to anxiety, this is a lot easier to win against than a real deal drug or alcohol addiction.  Some counseling, a few daily relaxing exercises, some personal enforcement and due diligence on one’s habits are often all that’s needed to get one away from actually pursuing anxiety for personal enjoyment reasons.  All in all, no high is worth the addiction any way one looks at it.  Sobriety and clean living has much greater rewards in the long run.