Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Frozen in Fear - Not just in your mind

After a long day you lay down to rest and look forward to a good night’s sleep, to be able to put the day behind you. Suddenly you wake, heart beating fast, sweating and not able to move. The last thing you remember is a dream, someone chasing you and you fell – that’s when you wake up. Now you’re “paralyzed with fear.” Was it real? Was it a dream? The possibilities have you frozen, unable to process what is happening.

A recent article at MSNBC.com explored this very idea and the validity of the phenomenon, as science become more familiar with how our brains react when we are scared. The upside to this research is, they feel will help when it comes to a major medical problem, when irrational fears go “haywire.”

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, costing the US close to $42 billion dollars a year. While some may scoff at the idea, fear is a basic emotion and genetics play a role in how we relate to fear – but for many it is a traumatic event that can trigger the worst fear. The article further explains the research, the advances and coping skills – the full article can be found here.

How do you handle fear? Do you see it as a weakness or a reality of life? Whatever your take on it is, fear can take its toll on a person.

What are you afraid of?