Pent up emotions can manifest in anxiety
November 14th, 2017
Filed under: Anxiety disorder, Blog, Mental Disorder, Mental Health by ATAC Team

Many people tend to hold back or repress their emotions until they start affecting their daily life. Unlike children who are able to express their emotions quite openly, a majority of adults prefer suppressing their feelings due to the innate fear of criticism and ostracization.

When children are happy, they scream with joy, jump up and down in excitement, and clap their hands in sheer delight. When they get upset, they scream the place down with their wails. Both crying and laughing provide an outlet for a range of emotions, such as sadness, happiness, joy, pain, love or immense gratitude , etc. Therefore, emotions are simply a form of energy that runs through one’s body like an electrical impulse.

As one grows older, society pressurizes him or her to conform to certain behaviors that forbid the display of emotions. This is primarily because the practice of releasing emotions by crying and laughing is seen as a sign of weakness. In life, people may have to face several difficult situations, such as rejection, disappointment, divorce, separation, unemployment, exploitation, traumatic childhood experiences, etc., responsible for triggering various negative emotions. Several evidences suggest that the persistence of such negative emotions leads to psychiatric disorders like anxiety.

Psychosomatic relationship between mental disorders and emotions

Mental health therapists have  highlighted that people tend to experience anxiety, depression and panic attacks due to the suppression of their emotions. While we may be able to identify some of the causes behind the increased level of anxiety, one tends to submerge the real risk factors in the subconscious mind due to neglect. Consequently, the conscious mind remains unaware and confused about the reasons behind his or her mental disarray.

When emotions go unaddressed, one might experience mental disorders, such as panic, any anxiety-related condition and even obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Therefore, there is a psychosomatic connection between emotions and symptoms. These disorders are therefore simply the outlets for unprocessed negative emotions. Conversely, if the negative emotions are addressed, one may be able to get rid of anxiety too.

Alternatives to release pent up emotions

Although it is not practical for adults to display all types of emotions in the real world, it is important to release such feelings in some unharmful ways. A few such measures are summed as below:

  • By communicating effectively—being assertive instead of aggressive—one can get discomforting feelings off his or her chest. The sooner a person brings in such a change, it is better for him or her because neglected wounds are prone to fester.
  • It is important to first identify the causes of one’s emotions and thereby not allow himself or herself to be drawn into a situation that triggers negative emotions and anxiety. Until one has learnt to deal with the situation, it is advisable to stay away from such circumstances.
  • Sometimes one can feel a huge weight lifted from his or her shoulders by forgiving others. Undoubtedly, this is a brave action as not everyone would be able to let go of the pain and humiliation inflicted by others. However, it allows one to escape the cause of torment and unburden the soul of a heavy emotional baggage.
  • Spending time with family and friends is a great way to connect and boost happiness. Such occasions provide an opportunity to share about one’s feelings of both happiness and sorrow.
  • Some of the other activities, such as connecting with nature, taking time off for a vacation to the mountains, exercising, swimming, practicing relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation, etc., help in alleviating stress rather than harboring unhealthy negative emotions.

Dealing with anxiety problems

Developing the skill of confronting rather than avoiding negative emotions can take some time and efforts. One can seek the help of family and friends to learn and practice new and effective communication skills that will ensure that no feeling remains repressed without jeopardizing a relationship. In case, when the anxiety is severe, one can consult an expert to seek an effective treatment.

If you or your loved one is struggling with any type of anxiety disorder, contact the Anxiety Treatment Advisors of Colorado. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-891-2539 or chat online to connect with the best anxiety disorders treatment centers in Colorado.

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