Scientists Say That People With Anxiety Could Have ‘Superpowers’
For those people who are actually living with an anxiety disorder, this must seem like a joke. Anxiety is not fun, and on bad days anxious people definitely feel far from super.
There really is no bright or positive side to living with anxiety, and although each sufferer has a different experience and different levels of struggle, they can probably all agree that it is no walk in the park.
However these claims aren’t suggesting that people who are living with anxiety can start flying or suddenly become as strong as superman but rather those who suffer from anxiety or panic disorders may have some pretty superb qualities about them that could be related to their disorder.
Check out some of the things that may be connected to a person’s mental health and also get to know some of the different types and classifications of anxiety that people deal with. It’s more than just a blanket term!
People who live with anxiety have a heightened sense of worry. Although this is often pegged as a bad thing there are actually some cases where this can come in useful.
There have been a few small studies done that suggest that anxiety may have evolved within people the same way intelligence has.
Studies have also shown that people who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder are often associated with high IQ’s.
Dr. Jeremy Coplan, a study researcher of psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, explained that although most people tend to view anxiety as a negative thing, it is actually linked to intelligence.
According to Livescience, Copland explained that although anxiety can at times be disabling and the patient’s worries irrational, there are some situations where there actually is a dangerous situation, and that excessive worry becomes useful and adaptive.
He also said that people who immediately act on those ‘wild-card dangers’ are more likely to survive and preserve the lives of their loved ones.
The study was small, so more research needs to be done in order to confirm these findings. The test involved 26 people who live with anxiety disorders and 18 people who do not. They took an IQ quiz as well as a test to asses their worry.
The study found that those with higher levels of worry during the test had the higher IQ as a result.
Some people believe that those who suffer from anxiety have a better likelihood of being empathetic as they may be better at reading emotional signs as well as being attuned to certain energies.
If you didn’t already know, there are actually different types of anxiety disorders, and not everyone living with anxiety will be affected the same way.
First there’s the GAD otherwise known as a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This usually involves patients experiencing exaggerated worry over simple tasks or events. The patient can suffer from this worry for days to years and it can make concentrating on daily tasks difficult.
The patient might always be picturing the worst case scenario and severe worry always occupies the patient’s mind.
Patients with this disorder experience sudden waves of terror sometimes without even knowing the reason why or without warning. The patient may experiences shortness of breath, chest pain, and stiffness.
Another form is OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD is way more that just being a neat freak. Patients often deal with intrusive thoughts which can often be disturbing and cause the patient to adapt rituals that they believe will prevent these thoughts from happening.
Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD occurs after a tragic or disturbing event occurs in a person’s life. Many soldiers who return from war suffer from this mental illness and it causes patients to experience flashbacks, and have nightmares.
Mental health is a serious issue and patients should not all be lumped into the same box. It’s important to remember that these disorders are real but they do not define the person who is living with them.