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Anxiety – an apprehensive muddled disarray

There is several types of anxiety disorders which include, but not limited to:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorer (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

General Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder include, but not limited to:

  • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts
  • Repeated thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experiences
  • Nightmares
  • Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing
  • Problems sleeping
  • Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • An inability to be still and calm
  • Dry mouth
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Nausea
  • Muscle tension
  • Dizziness
  • Depression

Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive worry, fearfulness, uncertainty and panic about circumstances in life. Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental and physical illnesses.

Scientists are working hard to come up with answers. They are finding that some factors in common with this disorder and symptoms of anxiety is a chemical imbalance in the brain. It has also been found that environmental factors, i.e. trauma, etc, can trigger anxiety. Also, genetics play a part some researchers have found. The genes can be inherited.

There are multiple ways of treating symptoms of anxiety and depression. Options include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication
  • Hypnosis
  • Natural Remedies (Relaxations techniques)

Ways of coping include developing good coping skills with the help of a professional, support groups and anger management, because repressed anger can also trigger anxiety.

Some questions you can ask your doctor include, but not limited to:

  • What are the options for treating anxiety?
  • Is therapy needed?
  • Are drugs needed? If so, for how long?
  • What lifestyle changes need to take place for improvements?

One thing to be aware of when researching information about these disorders is to not fall prey to just anything that comes along trying to convince of cures and asking for money up front. Also, one myth purports that medications for these disorders are addictive. Although, certain drugs when taken long enough they can create a tolerance. Those types of medications are best used for short term use. Don’t fall for the myths. Seek professional help to get diagnosed and determine the best treatment plan.

Depending on the severity that a patient experiences will determine the improvement. Patients typically respond well to behavioural therapy and medication with great results.

People with these disorders are able to carry on their lives, with jobs and families having an occasional flareup. With age these disorders become less intense.

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