Anxiety is defined as "mental uneasiness" or "distress arising from fear of what may happen." It has several different manifestations. Individuals suffering from panic disorder experience recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. Those with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) chronically worry too much about a variety of things, and experience symptoms such as restlessness, agitation, or feeling keyed up, muscle tension, fatigue, irritability, and trouble with concentration and sleep. Persons suffering from social anxiety disorder experience extreme fear and avoidance of social and/or performance situations.
Anxiety disorders, as a group, are the most common mental illness in America. More than 19 million American adults are affected by these debilitating illnesses each year. Children and adolescents can also develop anxiety disorders. Anxiety is currently perhaps the most fashionable idiom in the parlance of American psychiatry and medicine. It is used almost synonymously with stress which in turn has been associated with everything from increased risk of heart attack and cancer to the common cold. The general consensus within the medical community is that anxiety can in many instances, be a causative factor in physical illness as well as exacerbate it.
Anxiety and CES
CES offers an effective drug-free way to end the vicious cycle of anxiety. It provides effective relief with none of the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs. For a public increasingly concerned with the effects of stress on physical health and emotional well being, CES provides a way of addressing that stress in a safe and effective manner.
CES directly reduces anxiety. Many experience this immediately in the course of treatment; others, hours, or several days after. CES leaves you feeling both relaxed and alert. The effect differs from pharmaceutical treatments in that people report their body as feeling lighter and more relaxed and their mind, more alert and clearer. Results are cumulative and lasting.
CES is not only for those with a diagnosed condition but those simply coping with the stresses of an everyday existence. Whether you are a student under pressure in preparing for an exam, an athlete dealing with pre-competition anxiety, a businessman dealing with the stresses accompanying his work, or a housewife juggling her many responsibilities, CES can help you lead a more balanced and productive life.
CES balances your brain's chemistry, allowing you to be at peace with yourself again. Many patients report feeling relief the very first time they use the CES Ultra. And unlike drugs, CES has no negative side effects. It is non-addictive and you can use it safely as often as you like. Use the CES Ultra at a set time each day as your schedule allows as well as when those moments of panic strike during the course of the day — when you literally lose it. Stop and use your CES ultra to round that anxiety off and feel yourself once again.
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CES and Pre-Competitive Anxiety
Sport can be characterized as an environment where physical activities can be developed. Participation in athletic activities is accompanied with an increasing anxiety. This leads to young or beginner players not performing according to their potentialities (Hardy, Jones, & Gould, 1996; Orlick & Partington, 1988). The anxiety refers to situations of emotional arousal and intensity.
The personal perception of anxiety is usually assessed by self-report questionnaires. One specialized sport related questionnaire is that of the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2 (CSAI-2). The CSAI-2 is used to assess somatic, cognitive anxiety, and self-confidence (Martens, Burton, Vealey, Bump, & Smith, 1990). Cognitive anxiety is defined as the concern, the perception of unpleasant feelings related to the athletic performance and the inability to concentrate (Borkovec, 1976). The term somatic anxiety refers to physiological and emotional factors resulting from the activation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the experiencing of unpleasant emotions, manifested by increased heart rate, extra muscle tension, tightness in the stomach, sweaty palms, difficulty breathing , etc. (Morris et al., 1981; Martens, Vealey, & Burton, 1990). Self-confidence is a realistic expectation of athletes that can succeed, it is the belief in themselves and in their strengths (Martens, 1987).
By using the CSAI-2, Burton (1988) proved that cognitive anxiety has a negative linear relationship with performance. Klein (1990) by using the technique of meta-analysis concluded that the negative relationship of anxiety and performance is: a) stronger in female athletes than in male athletes, b) stronger in young athletes than in older athletes, c) stronger in low- level athletes and d) stronger in team than in individual sports. On the other hand self-confidence shows a positive linear relationship, while the relationship between somatic anxiety and performance has the shape of an inverted U. However, the above findings of Burton (1988), were not fully confirmed by further
CES and Athletics
CES has been used by athletes, both professional and amateur to help then attain a balanced emotional state so as to maximize their performance. It was employed successfully towards that end by Russian athletes in the Olympics during the 1990s and most recently by professional athletes in the NFL. An ideal state is when one's various neurotransmitters are in proper balance with one another; i.e. operating at peak efficiency. By normalizing the electrical activity of the brain, CES normalizes the various brain chemicals, helping them to return to pr-stress homeostasis. This balanced state of mind and body is what maximizes performance.
Sample Protocol for Pre-Competitive Anxiety
- Use the unit at least twice a day, every day for at least 20 minutes. It can be used more frequently if you like. There is no problem of addiction or any negative side-effects. Its goal is to help you achieve balance. You cannot be "overbalanced."
- The unit should be used each and every time the individual readies to engage in competition-ideally just prior to it.
- The user can employ either the pre-gelled electrodes or the ear clips. They are equally effective. It is simply a matter of individual taste.
- Ideally the user should not be distracted or engaged in activity while using the unit. A useful adjunct is proper music. Ideally it should be calming and not jarring. Appropriate works would be those drawn from the Classical; ideally the baroque.
- A complementary exercise would be an accompanying meditation, something as simple as counting ones breaths in and out from 1-10 and then backwards.
User should give themselves and the modality a proper time to prove its value. Results may be seen immediately, but are also cumulative and may be seen only over time.
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