Coping with anxiety in new Barotseland Part 1 - A BAROTSE CHANGE Imperative

Coping with anxiety in new Barotseland Part 1 - A BAROTSE CHANGE Imperative

Coping with anxiety in new Barotseland Part 1 - A BAROTSE CHANGE Imperative

By Lindunda Wamunyima, Barotseland Post / Featured News / Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:41

Understanding and Coping with Anxiety in New Barotseland: A BAROTSE CHANGE Imperative – Part 1

PREAMBLE

One cutting truth of our time is that everybody is anxious within and without Barotseland. This includes even non-Barotzish and the enemies of Barotseland’s Complete independence. It is a subject that raises concerns and hence our need to reflect much more on it now than we did in recent past, under the subject of Stress.

ANXIETY IS YOUR BODY'S REACTION TO STRESSFUL, DANGEROUS, OR UNFAMILIAR SITUATIONS. IT IS ACTUALLY YOUR SENSE OF UNEASINESS, DISTRESS, OR FEAR YOU FEEL AND GET OBSESSED WITH IN ANTICIPATION OF A SIGNIFICANT SOMETHING THAT MIGHT TRANSPIRE IN THE FUTURE. Who has not felt like this in Barotseland? When you worry about a looming arrest by Zambian Police, a sickness, a job interview, child birth, anxiety over an imminent examination or intense thoughts over a completely free Homeland – BAROTSELAND; is healthy and NORMAL ANXIETY. This is because this kind of anxiety encourages us to appropriately prepare for the situations we are uneasy about to stay alert, concerned and focused.

However, extreme or persistent anxiety can ramify into ANXIETY DISORDERS, which may bring along with it very undesirable repercussions on one’s cognitive, affective or even psychomotor domains of self as Poor Mental Health generally. This is when normal anxiety becomes irrational and begins to recur and interfere with daily life, both during daytime and at night. So, when you suffer from an anxiety disorder, your anxiety feels far from being normal and can be utterly incapacitating. This is due to the additional fact that anxiety disorders can keep you from enjoying sleep, concentrating on task at hand, keep you talking to others at expense of work, or even leave your home in search of relief, perhaps away from duty and at an awkward time. At this stage the medical condition of anxiety disorder makes its victims feel loss of control of their feelings, and it can involve serious physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, or shivering. We cannot afford to go to such levels of anxiety in Barotse Change crusade. OUR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE TASK IS TO SUSTAIN NORMAL ANXIETY.

HOW CAN YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE A VICTIM ALREADY OF ANXIETY?

Anxiety symptoms may be different based on the particular condition or disorder, but common symptoms include:

a. Undue irrational or uncontrollable feelings of worry and fear, obsessive thoughts, ritualistic behaviour, sensations of panic and uneasiness for no apparent reason.

b. Trouble sleeping, inability to remain calm, heart palpitations, muscle tension, headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, rapid breathing, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, sweating, cold or sweaty hands and feet, trembling or shaking and Stomachache.

TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS

There are many ways Anxiety Disorders can manifest namely: General Anxiety, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Panic attacks, and Separation Anxiety. Anxiety disorders often also occur with other mental health issues such as Depression, Personality Disorder, and Eating Disorders. Perhaps it is worth noting that while Anxiety Disorders develop from the combination of factors like upbringing, genetics, environmental contributors, brain chemistry and life events the political situation in our country Barotseland has been compounded by Zambia’s denial and resistance tactics over the irreversible and straight forward case of Barotseland’s complete Independence. IT IS HIGHLY POSSIBLE THAT WE HAVE IN BAROTSELAND PRESENTATIONS OF EVERY ANXIETY DISORDER HERE DESCRIBED, IN VIEW OF OUR STRESSFUL TRANSITION PERIOD THUS FAR. So take time and address the issue seriously for your own good, that of your family and country Barotseland in particular. And if you know someone adversely attacked by this disorder take positive steps and offer assistance in whatever form, for we are our “brother’s keeper”.

GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD)

Is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a constant sense of worry and fear that interferes with daily life. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder may experience feelings of distress, dread or agitation for no apparent reason. Accordingly, psychiatrists term this unexplained, trigger-less anxiety as "free floating anxiety." Though many people with GAD realize that their worry is unrealistic or unwarranted, feelings of anxiety persist and seem unmanageable, leaving sufferers feeling out of control and in some cases, at the expense of Barotse Change life mwa Bulozi.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)

This one is characterized by pushy obsessive thoughts that result in compulsive ritualistic behaviours and routines. While it's possible to have only obsessive symptoms, or only compulsive symptoms, they usually occur in combination. People suffering from OCD experience uncontrollable, distressing thoughts or fears about certain things like dirt, germs, or order which then lead to compulsive behaviours performed as an attempt to alleviate worry or anxiety. In Barotse Change and Barotseland politically, individual Barotzis may suffer from OCD as compulsive behaviours mostly in form of uncontrollable distressing thoughts or fears about certain observed inconsistencies or apparent disunity, chaos and disculturation. However, just being afraid of germs, dirt, chaos or disculturation doesn't necessarily constitute OCD rather OCD is diagnosed when these disturbing obsessions and compulsions cross the threshold and significantly interfere with your daily life.

PANIC ATTACKS DISORDER (PAD)

These are short, typically less than 15 minute, episodes of intense fear that are often accompanied by serious physical symptoms and uncontrollable feelings of fright and disaster. A panic attack differs from a normal fear response in that it strikes without the presence of a threat or an oncoming attack. A person who experiences several panic attacks may develop a Panic Disorder, because the individual begins to spend a significant amount of time worrying about having another attack, worrying that they are changing their daily routine or losing their mind, because of the panic attacks. In our country this has mostly been caused by the varied traumatic experiences by the illegal and repressive occupying regime of Zambia in Barotseland.

SEPARATION ANXIETY DISORDER

This describes an individual's feelings of persistent and excessive anxiety related to current or oncoming separation from an attachment to someone or something that provides the individual with comfort. Separation Disorder normally occurs in children, and can induce long-lasting, continuous anxiety for periods up to six weeks or more. Individuals afflicted by separation anxiety disorder experience overwhelming distress and anxiety when separated from their attachment figure. Honestly, with much grief we feel for our loved Barotseland nationals, both young and old, who have been on separation either with their husbands, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties and the like on account of Barotse Change BTG assignments, incarcerations, 2011 massacres and so on! It has not been easy indeed. Ultimately, this type of anxiety disorder will be rife among those who are not ready for the inevitable complete disengagement or separation of Barotseland from Zambia. It is this same disorder behind the resistance and denial exhibited against Barotse Change by foes of Barotseland; against the final phase of BAREXIT 2012.

SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER (SAD)

This is also known as Social Phobia. It is characterized by a strong and persistent fear of social or performance situations in which humiliation or embarrassment may occur. While it's normal to feel some anxiety in some social situations, those afflicted by Social Anxiety Disorder experience intense distress, self-consciousness, and fear of judgement in everyday social interactions. SAD often prevents people from having normal friendships, interactions, or romantic relationships, and can keep sufferers from functioning in daily life, at work, or at school. Additionally, people with SAD sometimes experience intense worry, fear, or dread about a social situation days or weeks in advance. Very typical of Barotse Change opponents, in their varied types in Barotseland – concealing intense fears as to what shall befall them when all this fabricated “Barotseland secession” noise is over and their folly exposed! Barotseland nationals have seen their worst attacks by Zambians especially sufferers from social phobia, of different shades in business and at work places, inclusive of the Northern Rhodesian myth that no Lozi national could ever become a Zambian President!

SELECTIVE MUTISM ANXIETY DISORDER (SMAD)

This Anxiety Disorder occurs when an individual has difficulty speaking or communicating in certain environments. Selective mutism usually occurs in children - children with the disorder speak at home, with friends, or with family, but not in other situations like at school or in public. The disorder usually presents itself very early, in children under five. In selective mutism, the failure to speak and communicate interferes with daily life and lasts at least a month or more. Unfortunately, Selective Mutism has been rife in Barotseland, affecting both the young and old as perpetrated by the oppressive arm of Zambia. The case in point here is our staked Human Rights to very deplorable state such that our people have been selectively muted and not been able to hold peaceful assemblies, freedoms of speech and expression especially over complete Barotseland Independence. Our people in turn are forced to carefully choose their words, where and how to utter them!

ANXIETY PHOBIA DISORDER (APD)

Phobia is another type of Anxiety Disorder that describes an excessive and irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation. Phobias are different from common fears in that the anxiety associated with the object or situation is so strong that it interferes with daily life and the ability to function normally. People with phobias may go to great lengths to avoid encountering their feared object or situation. A colleague of mine in South Africa cannot board a bus or similar vehicles just because of Acrophobia – fear of heights. In Barotseland most of our people are affected by the following phobias, on account of Barotse Change Anxiety:

a.    BAROPHOBIA – fear of Lozi people and Barotseland’s autonomy as a separate, distinct and independent country from Northern Rhodesia by Zambians mostly.

b.    ACOUSTICOPHOBIA – fear of noise e.g. war noise of guns.

c.    ALGOPHOBIA/ NECROPHOBIA – fear of pain/death like recurrences of what happened in 2011 when our unarmed Barotse youth were massacred by Zambian brutal regime.

d.    EPHEBIPHOBIA – fear of youth; expressed through inaccurate, exaggerated and sensational characterization by our elders of our young people especially the Barotseland Youth Movements who are strong proponents of complete independence of their motherland Bulozi – their future.

e.    AUTOPHOBIA/MONOPHOBIA – fear of isolation resulting from incarceration or missing loved ones, and normal flow of life.

f.    ANTHROPOPHOBIA – fear of people or assembly of the people as a form of social phobia. It is this type of phobia that needs careful treatment and Northern Rhodesia to handle the issue with the sanity it deserves lest it ripens into xenophobia someday soon against anything Zambian thereby embittering our neighbourliness for years to come!

g.   DECIDOPHOBIA – fear of making decisions; especially for Barotseland, despite the plethora of all glaring legal documents and other pieces of evidence in support of such actions.

It is worth noting here that anxiety disorder has made it difficult for our BRE to do the most honourable things in aiding Barotseland to disengage completely from Northern Rhodesia. The failure of our parents in BRE to condemn the imprisonment of the BTG AG Afumba and team puts them completely irredeemably out of credibility to condemn the insidious politics happening in Northern Rhodesia over UPND’s undercurrent political doldrums. Without phobia all these political squabbles would have been without BRE’s character consequentially being defamed and assassinated the way it has.

MUYOYANGE WINO WINO!

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