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Anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder go hand in hand. Living with symptoms like hypervigilance, paranoia, substance abuse problems, and others can create anxiety. In addition, an anxiety disorder is commonly co-occurring with trauma and PTSD, as well PTSD is considered part of the anxiety disorder family. Anxiety is a result of mismanaged fear. Fear is a natural human experience because it is naturally produced by human hormones. Cortisol and adrenaline are produced when the brain enters the fight or flight mode, instigated by a real or perceived threat. Many of the threats which spin out of control in anxiety do seem real and in some cases may be real. Most often, however, at the core, the threats of anxiety are not real. The likelihood of anxious thoughts are what help the thinker designate them as anxious because their likelihood is small. Learning to differentiate real fear from anxious fear can become exhausting without the right coping skills. As anxiety begins to spin out of control, other areas of life aside from thinking begin to suffer. If anxiety is starting to leak into your daily ability to function normally, you might experience some of these changes. Talk to your doctor or therapist about finding treatment for your anxiety to make symptoms manageable. If the root of your anxiety is untreated trauma, intensive therapy or residential treatment might be the best option for you to find healing and reconciliation.

Sleep and Eating

Few people sleep exactly the same or eat the same way every single day. Fluctuations in sleeping and eating are normal. Mood, stress, hormones, and other factors are regular factors. Anxiety that is becoming a chronic problem can be an additional stressor that significantly changes patterns in sleeping and eating for longer periods of time. When those changes start to have a greater effect, there is cause for investigation. For example, consistent insomnia can make anxiety worse.

Cognitive function

An anxious mind has a hard time staying in one place as it jumps around to every new fear, stress, and concern. Basic cognitive functions like memory, paying attention,and even motor functions can be impaired when anxiety is taking over the mind.


When your brain is running at what feels like a million miles a minute all day, it can be exhausting. Such exhaustion can lead to a difference in mood and demeanor, which is typically less pleasant than normal. Feeling a bit on edge, being testy, having little patience, and being reactive instead of responsive is a sing that anxiety is wearing down your energy and exhausting your internal resources. The longer trauma goes untreated, the more anxiety will escalate.

Try not to sweat the small stuff and give up hope. For treating trauma, help is available. The Guest House in Ocala, Florida, is a private trauma treatment residential facility offering the highest levels of clinical care, concierge style service, and privacy.

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