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An anxiety sufferer experiences fears that are both irrational and crippling in nature. This is characterized by persistent worry, fear, helplessness, and hopelessness. Resurgence Behavioral Health has treatment solutions that will ease your anxiety, without the assistance of alcohol or drugs.
What Is Anxiety?
Occasionally experiencing anxiety is a normal reaction to daily stressors. 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 an overreaction to the actual level of danger present. 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 between 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 your worry
- Experiencing GI (gastrointestinal) problems
- Continuous urge to avoid things that may trigger your anxiety
- Irrational fears and/or phobias
- Feeling out of breath without any 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, as well as depression. If the symptoms of anxiety do not go away and they are not treated, it can begin to take over your 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 of these disorders, and it often occurs simultaneously with another 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, so much so that 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 just to avoid crossing a bridge. These same phobias often provoke panic attacks.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may occur 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 disorders include continued episodes or sudden feelings of intense fear, terror, and/or anxiety. 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.
Some of the most common treatments for anxiety disorder include relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medications.
Here at Resurgence Behavioral Health, 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) 700-5053.
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