Anxiety Is a Matter of Biology, Not of Psychology – From Desires to Demands to Demons
Majid Ali, M.D.
Anxiety begins as a desire for something without knowing what is desired. It usually starts in early life. Not understanding what is desired creates a negative sense. A child bullied at home or school senses that something is not quite right but often is unable to describe what the negative sense might be. Simple stated, anxiety at this level is separation from self. To cite one specific example, for an Asperger’s child, this separation would be lack of structure in life.
Anxiety deepens as episodes of separation from self recur with increasing frequency or takes different shapes. Deepening anxiety then unmasks itself by its physical attributes, such as undue tiredness, rapid heart rate, cold hands, irritability, sleep difficulties, visible and unexplained sadness, and others. Coexisting issues of sugar and antibiotic abuse, undetected and untreated food and mold allergy, and issues of gut fermentation add to the biologic burdens. I consider this state of being as increased but unrecognized evolutionary demands on various body organs.
From desires to demands. It is a condition in which 50 billion or so cells in the brain hold as hostage 50 trillion or so cells in the rest of the body. The more body cells cry out for escape, the tighter the clutch of the brain cells. The “Head-cells” thrive on recycling past misery. When that is not enough they precycle feared future misery. The “Body-cells” desire to be free—breathe their own air, so to speak—but do not quite know what they desire or where the escape hatches might be.
More time brings more recycling of past misery and precycling of feared future misery. There are more episodes of desiring what remains unrecognized. The cells find it hard to breathe their own air. The overdriven adrenal and thyroid glands struggle to cope with incremental demands from the pituitary and hypothalamus. Cellular abuse spreads throughout the body. Driven to despair by evolutionary demons, some people are rushed to hospitals where they are given the diagnostic label of panic attack.
Evolution is a hard taskmaster. It has its own order of energy economy of the body. It is morality-neutral and is intolerant of silly notions of clever-thinking to salvage exhausted and and msickened cells. Evolutionary demons once unleashed follow their own destructive impulses.
A Tale of Two Twins
I tell the tale of two seven-year-old twins to illustrate how desires progress to demands and later demands morph into demons in the development of deeply entrenched anxiety. One sister is a perceptive, sensitive, and considerate. The other is brash and devil-may-care type. Both see parental discord but are affected differently. The first twin senses the desire for calm at home but quite does not know what she can do about it. The second is oblivious to the home situation. At school, the twins also react differently when a teacher is impatient with a challenged in the classroom or when some older child bully younger ones. The things-being-not-quite- right senses of the first twin deepen. The second twin simply shrugs at such things.
Both twins have mold and food allergy. They suffer frequent colds and are given antibiotics. The first twin begins to suffer headache. The second does not. At the onset of menses, both twins develop abdominal cramps with periods. Only the first twin becomes moody and undue cold sensitivity. Her mother wonders whether she should take her to a therapist.
Two years later, the second twin notices dryness of facial skin followed by acne lesions. She gets upset and becomes rude at home and at school. She receives antibiotics which initially reduce facial inflammation. She became angry when her wight increased, and angrier with each additional pound. Months later she freaked out when hair appeared on her face, then on her breast and thighs. He pediatrian diagnosed polycystic overy syndrome and prescribed metformin, a diabetes drug. She did not order tests for blood neither for insulin nor for testosterone. Her menstruation becomes irregular and she has episodes of heart palpitations. Her rudeness at home and school tuns into shouting obscenities at minor provocations. Her parents consider sending her to psychiatrists to control her temper tantrums.
During the following fifteen years later, both twins were extensively psychoanalyzed, given prolonged behavior modification therapy, were taking anti-anxiety and sleep drugs. The second twin was on antidepressants. Both were seeking in-vitro fertilization. They had no time for spiritual healing.
None of their many specialists found it necessary to test either for impaired mitochondrial ATP generation, abnormal insulin signaling, adrenal dysfunction, blocked liver detox pathways, and functional nutritional deficiencies. They never studied fermentation in the gut and so did not have any reason to test for that either. Neither received any oxygen therapies.
Their anxiety demons were in full swing for both.
Anxiety Demons Are Demons of Addiction
Cocaine addicts are not interested in taking about cigarette addiction, nor or alcohol addicts interested in Benzo addiction (Benzo drugs include Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, and related drugs in thee benzodiazepam family). It is the same way with anxiety addiction.
Anxiety demons keep the person in the clutches of recycling and precycling what causes them anxiety. In another article in my anxiety library of articles, I explain why I strongly urge paeople with addictions to attend Al Anon meetings (Google for Al Anon groups in your area).
The faces of global hunger, anger, injustice, corruption, and cruelty are far too intertwined to allow simple-minded rating of what is more important and what is less so. I devote my poetry book entitled “Drone Democracy” and “What Do Lions Know About Stress” (both available at http://www.aliacademy.org) to a humanistic study of these problems.