I am fortunate to be a pain patient and a pain doctor at the same time. My life experience as a pain patient qualifies me to understand pain struggle more than my education.
Here are some highlights of my practice and experience:
I am a Family Physician with focused practice in Chronic Pain. I am the founder and director of Toronto Poly Clinic Multi-disciplinary pain management center. I am a Lecturer with the University of Toronto DFCM as a clinical teacher. I am also a guest course contributor to Harvard Medical School department of Continuing Education.
Fear is a common source of Anxiety.
It generates from a mind flying to future. The reason fear continues is that we are here in now and our mind is in future. This makes an anxiety gap which over time can become the default state of mind. Although we may look confident from outside, the inside can be taken hostage by the mind projection of future and generate ongoing anxiety.
The message of mind to body is danger and the reaction of emotion is fear, leading to fight or flight body reactions. Ongoing fight or flight condition in a default anxious system can wear us down from inside.
The fight or flight reactions of increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and rapid breathing are evolutionary remnants of the time we used to live in nature and had to defend ourselves from the environmental dangers. It is not being used for its designed purpose now and leads into anxiety and irritability.
With ongoing repetition of these reactions, it becomes like a reflex and the circuit goes on without our control. It becomes like a habit of our mind. Without intervention this leads into significant suffering and lack of any quality of life.
Practicing living at present time and disconnecting from future mind projections is the main way of changing this habit. Only with practice we can remodel our brain into being present and mindful of the moment instead of flying to future.
A mind living in future is a fearful mind because we cannot cope with something that our mind has created: Future, as it does not exist. The only thing that exists is now and if we can be present in it, the fear will go away.