Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normalcy of life. However, people with anxiety disorder frequently encounter intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about their daily activities. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach their peak within minutes (panic attacks).
The feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with our daily activities and become difficult to control, and at times it can last for a longer duration. You can avoid those places or situations where these feelings surface. Symptoms may start either during the childhood or teen years and continue till adulthood.
• You feel like you're worrying too much and it's interfering with your work, relationships, or other parts of your life.
• Your fear, worry or anxiety is upsetting to you and difficult to control
• You feel depressed, have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with anxiety.
• You think your anxiety could be linked to a physical health problem.
• You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — if this is the case, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on ANXIETY
1. What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal part of our emotional functioning. Anxiety is part of our alarm system that ensures survival. Anxiety lets us know when something is dangerous and to avoid it for safety reasons. For example, if we see a fire, the safety mechanism in our brains lets us know to not get too close as we may get burned. When we experience an Anxiety Disorder our brains are having an experience in which the logical part of our brains are not able to gauge if the danger we sense is real or perceived.
2. What are some common symptoms of Anxiety?
Anxiety can have physical symptoms like muscle tension, fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches. It can also feel like difficulty controlling feelings of worry, feeling restless or on edge, irritability, or difficulty concentrating. Anxiety can also cause difficulty sleeping, and cause disruptions in appetite.
3. What are the most common types of Anxiety Disorders?
The five most common types of anxiety disorders are:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Disorder (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
4. How do you treat an Anxiety Disorder?
Treating an Anxiety Disorder depends on the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing. Mild symptoms can be treated through lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise, getting restful sleep, and incorporating mindful practices, such as yoga or journaling. More severe symptoms can be treated through these changes, in addition to, psychotherapy, EMDR, and anti-anxiety medications. At Compassionate Psychiatric Services, we employ a team of experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating various anxiety disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety, give our office a call today at 469-200-4093.