From the desk of MyPhyscialWellBeing – The pattern begins with personality traits and behaviors. An intelligent, analytical, creative, overachiever often experiences feelings of anxiety and depersonalization. It centers upon the creative mind, the good guy personality, the individual who often stretches to keep the peace and avoid the possibility of confrontation at any cost. This is the individual who holds back emotions and opinions in order to maintain a peaceful existence, unaware that repressed emotions often reap their own set of problems.
The pattern of stress often surfaces at this stage. One feels good about being the “go to” person, the fair minded soul, the one who never rocks the boat… but signals of stress begin surfacing, often one after the other. Small symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, irritability and later on the experience of agitation and panic. Sometimes he or she feels disconnected, unreal or even numb. These are all signals, reminding one to slow down, regroup and take a closer look at what they are feeling, really feeling.
The next stage of this pattern is characterized by worry and fear. Thinking endlessly about the symptoms. Fatiguing the mind by an exhaustive study of self. One begins to feel depleted, tired and yet cannot sleep. Appetite wanes as does motivation. Joy of living is replaced by a flat feeling and one wonders if they are depressed. Frustration is more the case as they cannot seem to solve the endless puzzle of symptoms.
The above stage can go on endlessly unless the person recognizes the pattern, the cycle and begins to approach it correctly. It’s time to let go of the pattern and consciously end this participation in the never-ending study of symptoms and move on to recovery. There is no room for temporary recovery or small tricks to bandaid the condition. One may opt for meds, supplements, hypnosis, timed wrist thumping and every other “magical” yet temporary off the wall solution… but there is only one route to permanent recovery. This is achieved by altering one’s perspective and changing the way the mind perceives this situation, coupled by correct food therapy. Change the pattern of thought and nutrition. The result is full and permanent recovery.
Patterns are interesting and acknowledgement of these patterns allows one to understand the dynamics of this condition. It helps one to understand why they are “stuck” and how to get “unstuck.” There does come a time when one must decide they’ve spent enough time in the unproductive pattern and are ready to move on to the part where they shift into the more productive pattern of recovery. It does require a true sense of becoming fed up, even bored with the symptoms and a real eagerness to “get on with it” and return to normal living. It essentially requires the choice one makes of taking an active role in becoming “unstuck” by learning to think correctly, with the proper perspective, rather than giving in to the condition by allowing it the audience it demands.
Basically, one always has the choice to remain “stuck” or move ahead with their life. Notice the pattern, acknowledge it but then disengage from it by focusing on those two essential steps which lead to recovery. Steer the brain into the more productive habit of thinking, with the correct attitude and perspective, while using the proper foods to support this new system and prevent future episodes of anxiety and/or depersonalization.