Anxiety Disorder

This page discusses Anxiety Disorder.

One of the most widely experienced conditions that people suffer from is anxiety.

So what is anxiety, exactly?

In general it is a blanket term for a family of disorders, which in general inspire fear and worry in those that suffer from them.

These days, more people than ever before suffer from mental illness.

When mild, the symptoms of the disease are only unpleasant, but severe anxiety disorder can be extremely debilitating and crippling.

So what causes anxiety?

There can be several different causes.

Usually, these are external in nature, that is to say that we get stressed out primarily in response to outside forces, but anxiety can also originate from within.

Here are a few external stressors:

  • Recent major life changes

  • Stress about work, school, family, or money

  • Difficulty in personal relationships

There can also be medical factors at work, such as side effects from medication, or as part of symptoms of another medical illness.

Drug use is also usually a significant factor, with over half of the total amount of patients seeking treatment for anxiety doing so because of alcohol or painkiller dependence.

If you think you are suffering from anxiety, there are a few commonly experienced symptoms you may experience:

  • Shaking

  • Restlessness

  • Tiredness

  • Upset Stomach

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Excessive Sweating

  • Panic Attacks

As you can see, the symptoms aren’t pleasant. For people who experience extreme anxiety, the symptoms can get even worse. These people can experience nightmares so vivid that it can prevent them from sleeping, and they may even start avoiding people and places as they ramp up in their pathology.

If you suspect you suffer from anxiety, there are thankfully a variety of ways in which you can treat the disease.

There are three prime ways to do so: self-treatment, medical treatment, and counseling.

Self-treatment is obvious, it is what occurs when you try to develop your stress management skills, or combat the disease through breathing exercises, medication, or physical exercise.

Counseling is another popular option. If you pursue this treatment course you will work with a dedicated professional who will help walk you through treatment.

Of course you can always go with the medical option as well; speak with a psychiatrist to discover which of the many different medicines on the market may suit your particular situation.

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