What is an Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety is a body’s emotional and physiological response to a stress or a threat that the brain perceives. It differs from the normal feelings of fear or nervousness, however, under normal situations, anxiety is a natural response to stress that can be helpful for the person in preparing a response for actual threats. People with anxiety have recurrent worry, nervousness and nosy thoughts. According to American Psychiatric Association affects nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives.
What are the types of Anxiety disorders?
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Panic Disorder
What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?
- Constantly feeling worried and restless
- Feeling a potential threat approaching
- Unable to remain calm
- Feeling weak in the limbs and muscles
- Difficulty concentraing
- Experiencing intestinal issues
- Increased heartbeat
- Sweating and Trembling
- Chest pain and headaches
- Sleeping problems
To diagnose your anxiety, your doctor may examine your symptoms and further
- Do a physical examination to check for physical symptoms of anxiety
- Order basic laboratory tests to identify any other medical condition with anxiety like symptoms
- Asking for detailed information regarding symptoms to determine a diagnosis
Medications can be used to control the symptoms of anxiety in conjunction with other therapies.Certain drugs can be prescribed as needed or on short-term basis.Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective form of treatment for anxiety. Your doctor will examine and help with the negative patterns and emotions you experience.