So, where does this Leave me? Struggling with PTSD, manufacturing threats like the US military put in an order for them. I am turning out threatful scenarios so much, in fact, that I can’t stand the wider world. I see “all the stupid things humans do.” Drives my anxiety through the hemisphere…. (Read More)
So understandably, it’s hard to see how a disorder like PTSD, or any other anxiety disorder for that matter, is a strength. However, there is moments where an anxiety disorder could save your life.
Although it’s evident that it’s a miserable way to live, it’s also one of the best survival tools known to humanity. How? Glad you asked.
Human history is riddled with war; One of the most destructive forces ever invented. Therefore, it’s not hard to imagine that trauma and anxiety comes hand-in-hand with this brand of death and destruction.
With that said, we have all heard stories of people running for the borders of a country under attack by an enemy state. Interestingly, not everyone turns and runs – but why?
The answer may lie within the level of angst of any given individual. Some of us seem to see the writing on the wall as it were, while others seem to be in a state of denial, opting to “wait and see what happens.”
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If you feel threatened once you discover that a neighboring army is accumulating in your border for example, those with anxiety disorders may create escape plans. Pre-planning a “way out” when you have a predisposition for anxiety is common. Especially for those with trauma.
Furthermore, when we look at this fact – that people with trauma are always planning a way out – it makes sense that they can see what’s coming. And as a result of this anxious planning, they leave the country before the bombs start to drop.
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While many people with anxiety disorders do escape by way of planning, many others with the same affliction do not. People can freeze. Therefore, it would be irresponsible to suggest that everybody with an anxiety disorder will run for the border.
In my case, I hate speeders – speeding is one of those things that humans engage in regularly, while at the same time, as I said, many don’t see the dangers associated with it.
When in reality, your desire to speed is in order of magnitude more dangerous than realized. Speeding is 100% wasteful, it doesn’t save time, it is a huge waste of energy, (fuel), and it wastes lives by destroying the people who are in the crash – and families suffer for the rest of their lives.
Having been one who has actively tried to save lives because of this selfish behavior, I pre-plan my routes.
Thanks to my experience and PTSD, I know I need to try and “save myself.” I do so by avoiding motorways and finding lonely roads. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANOTHER HUMAN TAKEN FOR STUPID REASONS EVER AGAIN! Therefore, I Avoid where the likelihood of a crash is highest.
In conclusion, having an anxiety disorder could save your life. If you construct a narrative that has a likelihood of happening, then you can avoid or run from life threatening situations. So, sometimes, sometimes, an anxiety disorder can be a superpower.
Be safe out there!