Anxiety: More than just worrying

By Editor Guest on Apr 25, 2018
Posted in Latest Updates

Feeling anxious before the start of a new school year or before making a big decision is a normal part of life. Constant worry or fear is another issue, commonly described as an anxiety disorder. Those living with anxiety know that feeling of anxiousness can build over time, sometimes interfering with daily life. Understanding the different types of anxiety disorder and treatment options is the first step to learning to live with anxiety. 

Signs & Symptoms

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Restlessness or feeling wound-up
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating or blanking out
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling the worry
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

Panic Disorder

  • Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear
  • Feelings of being out of control during the attack
  • Intense worry about when the next attack will happen
  • Fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred

Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Feeling highly anxious about being with other people
  • Extreme self-consciousness around other people
  • Worry for days or weeks before an event 
  • Staying away from public places
  • Feeling nauseous or sick around other people

Many people diagnosed with an anxiety disorder benefit from psychotherapy or talk therapy. Another common treatment is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). CBT helps a person identify situations that create anxious feelings and teaches different ways to think and react to fearful situations. Exposure therapy is a specific type of CBT that focuses on confronting fears repeatedly. It is often used along with relaxation exercises or imagery. Some individuals, under the guidance of a health professional, may find that medication relieves symptoms of anxiety and works best in combination with psychotherapy. 

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