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Occasionally experiencing anxiety is a normal reaction. However, those with an anxiety disorder frequently have excessive, intense, and persistent fear and worry about everyday situations. Anxiety disorders typically involve repeated episodes of having a sudden feeling of intense terror, anxiety and fear that often result in panic attacks. The feelings of anxiety and panic are so excessive that they begin to interfere with daily activities, become difficult to control and they are out of proportion to the actual danger. Someone with anxiety disorder begins to avoid the situations and/or places they feel will bring on the feelings of fear.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Although the symptoms of an anxiety disorder may vary in intensity among each individual and the specific type of anxiety disorder, there are several common symptoms, including:
- Inability to relax
- Feeling restless, nervous and/or tense
- Having a sense of impending panic, danger or doom
- Hyperventilation (rapid breathing)
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive sweating
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating about anything other than the present fear or worry
- Fatigue (feeling weak or tired)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Inability to control worry
- Experiencing GI (gastrointestinal) problems
- Continuous urge to avoid things that may trigger the anxiety
- Irrational fears and/or phobias
- Feeling out of breath without physical exertion
Types of Anxiety Disorders
It is common for people with anxiety to experience the symptoms of more than one type of anxiety disorder and they may experience depression as well. If the symptoms of anxiety do not go away and they are not treated, it can begin to take over their life, so it is essential that support be sought as early as possible. Some of the most common types of anxiety disorder include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common type and it often occurs with other anxiety disorders and/or depression. Generalized anxiety disorder results in the person feeling anxious on most days and worrying about several different things for a period of six months or longer. The worry is out of proportion to actual circumstances and it affects how the person physically feels.
- Social phobia causes the person to have an intense fear of being embarrassed, criticized or humiliated in everyday situations, such as eating in public, speaking in public or even making small talk.
- Specific phobias result in the person becoming extremely fearful about a particular situation or object. They will often go out of their way to avoid it. For example, a fear of bridges or heights may cause them to take a much longer route to avoid crossing a bridge. Phobias often provoke panic attacks.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may happen after someone experiences a traumatic event, such as war, an accident, a disaster or an assault. The symptoms may include problems relaxing, flashbacks about the event and avoiding anything relating to the event.
- Panic disorder involves continued episodes of sudden feelings of intense fear, terror and/or anxiety. The panic attacks are typically overwhelming and uncontrollable. A person with panic attacks may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive sweating and/or dizziness. Many people who experience a panic attack believe they are experiencing a heart attack or feel that they are about to die.
Anxiety disorder is a treatable disorder, but it is essential that the treatment for anxiety be designed for each individual and their specific type of anxiety disorder (s), their psychological and physical situation and any other co-occurring disorders and issues. Some of the most common treatments for anxiety disorder include relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy and medications.
Here at Resurgence Recovery Center, we take a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of anxiety disorders. We first conduct a thorough assessment in order to create an individualized treatment plan that will address your anxiety issues as well as any other issues, such as compulsive behaviors, substance abuse and/or eating disorders. Treatment at the Resurgence Recovery Center addresses the issues from all angles, including physical, emotional and spiritual. To learn more about our anxiety treatment program please give us a call at 888-503-1380.
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