Overcoming Your Fears of Anxiety
Do you often feel intense panic or worry over situations of minor importance? Anxiety disorders cause overwhelming feelings of stress that can become debilitating during everyday activities.
Anxiety is a common mental health condition often triggered by stress and unknown precipitating factors. The term anxiety disorder encompasses numerous psychiatric disorders, all of which can cause mental trepidation, dissociative anxiety, and physical symptoms. Many people suffering from anxiety experience severe and debilitating symptoms unrelated to any specific circumstance or object. Known as generalized anxiety disorder, the condition is the most common type of anxiety disorder in the United States. Other common anxiety disorders include panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, the symptoms of which can significantly interfere with daily activities, work performance, and personal relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should see a doctor if you experience severe symptoms of anxiety, including feelings of panic, trembling, heart palpitations, nausea, loss of appetite, feeling dizzy, and even a persistent fear of death, that affect your ability to function. If you experience symptoms for 6 months or more, then you could be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. Anxiety disorder should always be treated in order to avoid the worsening of symptoms or related disorders, including depression.
You and your doctor will work together to identify triggers, including severe stress, previous trauma, lifestyle habits, or even underlying neurological conditions that might be responsible for anxiety in your life. Based on the cause of your anxiety, you will begin treatment designed to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Your treatment could include a combination of medications, as well as psychotherapy such as cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT).
If your anxiety stems from a lifestyle habit such as excessive alcohol consumption, then you might be advised to minimize your drinking, if not to stop drinking altogether. Your doctor might also recommend that you get more exercise, reduce your stress, or avoid certain foods and drinks such as caffeinated beverages.
If you have any additional questions on anxiety please request to speak with a clinician.