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From having to make a speech at work or school to trying to buy the perfect house, there are a lot of things in life that can make all of us feel a little anxious. But what if the feelings of anxiety overwhelm you or make it feel impossible to do normal, everyday tasks? If this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. At Mind Body Wellness, our anxiety treatment program is available to anyone with anxiety, whether they have been formally diagnosed or not.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in the US today. Yet, they can also be some of the most difficult to identify. Many people have trouble deciding if their feelings are normal or if it’s something they should seek help for. Luckily, you don’t have to decide this alone. Let our caring and knowledgeable staff at Mind Body Wellness help you learn more about this condition. We can show you some warning signs that you may be in need of help.
Anxiety is having a feeling of fear, uneasiness, or dread about something like going out in public, having to talk to strangers, or meeting a deadline at work, for instance. Anxiety can also manifest as physical symptoms like sweating, shaking, rapid heartbeat, feeling tense, and even having panic attacks. To explain, someone with an anxiety disorder finds that these symptoms do not go away easily. Such symptoms also happen every time they face the same situation or task. As a result, it may become very difficult or even impossible for them to hold down a job, fulfill expectations at school, or even at times leave the house.
Some people find that feeling a little anxious makes them perform better. However, people with an anxiety disorder feel the complete opposite. Instead, their symptoms make it difficult or impossible to complete even a basic task. Some of the most common symptoms of severe anxiety include:
One of the things that can make it difficult for someone to realize they have an anxiety disorder is that there are several different types, and not everyone will have exactly the same symptoms. These types include:
This is the most common type of anxiety disorder. People with General Anxiety Disorder (or GAD) usually worry about normal, everyday things like work, school, relationships, health, money, and the like. GAD makes it so that these worries don’t ever go away, and are often all a person can think about. Symptoms must persist for six months or more before someone is diagnosed with GAD.
When you have severe anxiety tied to social situations, you most likely have a social anxiety disorder. Rather than being antisocial, having this condition means that social situations cause you intense fear or anxiety. This, in turn, makes you work to avoid them so you don’t have to deal with your symptoms.
People who have a panic disorder experience panic attacks, or sudden and severe periods of intense and unfounded fears. These attacks can last for just a few minutes, or up to several hours.
A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of something even though it doesn’t actually pose a risk to your well-being. Some commonly known phobias center on a fear of things, like coulrophobia or arachnophobia. Others focus on situations like claustrophobia or agoraphobia. Most people with phobias avoid their triggers, even if it means not leaving the house, rather than risk having an anxiety attack.
When it comes to getting anxiety treatment, most people find that a combination of talk therapy and medication is the most effective way to lessen their symptoms. Both anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication can help ease your anxiety symptoms. Some people may only need to take these medications for a short period of time. However, others benefit from staying on them longer. It all depends on how intense your anxiety is, and how well managed it is by the medication.
The second and perhaps most important part of anxiety treatment is talk therapy or psychotherapy. Being able to have an open and frank discussion with a therapist about your experiences and symptoms helps you to identify patterns in your behaviors that may contribute to your anxiety. Then, your therapist will help you to replace these negative patterns with positive ones. In addition, they will help arm you with coping mechanisms if you can’t avoid an anxiety trigger.
While you may think that you can simply live with your anxiety forever, the fact is that you don’t have to–and for the sake of your mental health, you shouldn’t. With a range of effective treatment options, you too can learn how to minimize your anxiety so that it doesn’t interfere with your daily life. Contact Mind Body Wellness today and visit our admissions page to learn more about our anxiety treatment. Let us help you to get back to a life that isn’t controlled by anxiety.