What are anxiety disorders?
It’s normal to feel anxious about moving to a new place, starting a new job. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes but does not with you all the time in your everyday life. In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be a constant thing. It is intense and sometimes debilitating.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder. It can affect anyone at any age. Anxiety is much more than just the normal apprehension most of us feel when we're challenged; it is a constant feeling of panic and obsessive thoughts that often show up in physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, excessive perspiration, and sleep problems.
This type of anxiety may cause you to stop doing the things you enjoy. In some extreme cases, it may prevent you from crossing the street or even leaving your home. If left this disorder untreated, it will keep getting worse.
What are the types of anxiety disorders?
- panic disorder: experiencing recurring panic attacks at any time. A person with panic disorder may live in fear of the next panic attack.
- phobia: excessive fear of a specific object or activity
- social anxiety disorder: extreme fear of being judged by society
- separation anxiety disorder: fear of being away from home or loved ones
- illness anxiety disorder: anxiety about your health (hypochondria)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): anxiety following a traumatic event
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Common anxiety symptoms include:
- Feeling nervous, restless
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Having trouble sleeping
- Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
- Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
What are treatments for anxiety?
Once you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, you can explore treatment options with professionals. For some people, medical treatment isn’t necessary. Lifestyle changes may be enough to cope with the symptoms.
In moderate or severe cases, however, treatment can help you overcome the symptoms and lead a more manageable day-to-day life.
Treatment for anxiety falls into two categories: psychotherapy and medication. Meeting with a therapist or psychologist can help you learn tools to use and strategies to cope with anxiety when it occurs. However, in the West Valley Detox clinic, we aim to match the best treatment approach to meet the particular needs of each individual patient.