Most of our postings are about the symptoms of anxiety as we experience them and the ways in which we can find relief and recovery. Whatever method we use to allow our nervous system to recover from over sensitisation, either medication or self-help methods, in some cases after a period of recovery the beast returns. Why should this be if we have successfully given our nervous system time to desensitise?
The obvious answer, and the thing we don't address in our posts too often, is that the original cause of our anxiety is still there waiting to give our nerves a good battering once again. The original cause can be many things. Unhappiness in our job either because we're given too much work to do or we don't like our manager. Or problems within the family and relationship problems: maybe the partner we chose doesn't seem Heaven-sent after all. It could be money worries or getting into debt. Losing a loved one by death or desertion. Perhaps we have developed health problems or perhaps we don't get on with our neighbours and the place or area in which we live.
There are all sorts of negative things that can trigger anxiety in the first place and if we haven't sorted them then after we stop taking the tablets, or have recovered through self help techniques, there's a chance that they will cause us a further breakdown.
In her book 'Self help with your nerves', which you may have heard me mention once or twice before☺, Claire Weekes looks at this issue and has chapters devoted to Guilt, Shame and Sorrow which are other triggers for anxiety ad well ad the more common causes already mentioned. Of course, everybody's problems are different so it's difficult to suggest general solutions. Weekes does go as far as to say that we should discuss the cause of our anxiety with a wise person who we feel we can trust.
Perhaps the message is, the obvious one that we tend to neglect, is that we should give more attention to removing the original cause of our woes and that this may involve taking drastic action and putting ourself first for once. Or if it really is something that can't be changed, like a medical condition or sorrow over the loss of someone dear, then we must learn to accept it.
Otherwise all the medication, therapy and self-help methods aren't going to work as well as they could.