Patients lose their self confidence; they feel they inept, unable to handle important tasks, and sometimes even to engage in conversation; they avoid people as much as possible. The slightest change in their habits, or the simplest thing they are asked to do, can bring on a crisis of anxiety, because they feel inferior and incapable of coping. AnxietyA direct result of feeling inferior is continual anxiety. The state is very hard on patients, and has the same cause as feeling inferior patients see their lives as a series of tragedies.
They are never calm, never happy; they live in continual fear of the present and of the future. When things are going relatively well, they still feel worried and agitated; they don’t know what they want, nor what they should do. If they do something, they regret it, and if they do nothing, they feel even worse.
AnguishIt’s only a short step from constant anxiety to a state of total anguish or depression, which is one of the most typical symptoms of non-control. It is also the most violent, and can have very extreme results, often for no apparent reason. This may take the form of physical pain and/or mental suffering, the specifics of which differ from case to case. On a mental level, patients may suffer because they feel inadequate, and incapable of attaining what they desire, which in
turn both terrifies and depresses them.
This kind of suffering can destroy the strongest mind - it is the kind of pain the mind fears the most, and is least able to deal with. Some patients transfer the problem to an organ, and the disorder becomes psychosomatic; anxiety can affect the precordium, stomach, intestines, etc. The pain is not acute but dull, and creates the strangest sensations, which vary from case to case.