Signs You Have an Anxiety Disorder

An anxiety disorder can be terrible to live with. Many people dismiss anxiety as being something that can simply be brushed aside and dealt with through deep breathing or by taking a bath. This may be true if someone is suffering from a little bit of stress. It is not the case if someone has an anxiety disorder.

This must be taken far more seriously and the steps required to treat it are going to require more thorough and thoughtful approach to medical care than simply exercising some relaxation techniques. For this, we invite people to visit our office so that we can conduct an examination, make an official diagnosis and begin providing treatment options.

Anxiety disorders are relatively common

Over 3 million people are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder every year. This condition is becoming increasingly common in people of all ages, including those that are in high school and college. On the news are regular reports of people who are suffering from anxiety younger and younger and colleges are happy to provide treatment to students so that they can continue to function in a healthy way.

We understand this and want prospective patients to understand that having this disorder is nothing to be ashamed of. Even though these feelings can make a person think they are the only one who understands, this is not true. We treat this problem on a regular basis, understand how difficult it is to live with anxiety and are here to help.

Watch for the symptoms

There is a major difference between experiencing occasional stress and suffering from an actual disorder. We recommend watching for the following symptoms and if any of them are present to schedule an appointment for help.

Physical symptoms may include the following:

  • Severe sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Inability to sleep
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Headaches and pain accompanied by stress

Behavioral symptoms may include:

  • Being quick to anger
  • General irritability
  • Hyper-vigilance

Cognitive symptoms may include:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Unwanted negative thoughts
  • Racing thoughts that cannot be stopped or controlled
  • A sense of impending doom
  • Inability to concentrate

Some patients experience one or two of the symptoms while others experience all of them, either at the same time or in different episodes. Likewise, some patients visit us because they have the symptoms occasionally, such as during exams or monthly. Others visit us because they live with the symptoms on a daily basis.

As with any disorder, there are varying degrees to which people are impacted. This makes it important for people to understand the necessity of seeking help even if the symptoms do not occur all the time. When the goal is promoting lifelong health and overall well-being, treatment becomes necessary even at the early stages of this disorder.

Treatment options

There are a variety of ways to treat an anxiety disorder; so it is important to visit our office for an examination and consultation. We only recommend treatments after we have met with the patient so that we can ensure we are recommending what we feel will be the most effective. Some therapies may help to improve a person's well-being such as cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy. Additionally, medications may be taken such as a sedative or antidepressant. Again, what we recommend is going to be based on the needs of an individual patient.

Additionally, there are some things patients can do at home to help limit their anxiety. For example, exercising on a daily basis can help to prevent stress or anxiety through the release of endorphins. Since exercise also improves a person's physical health, it can relieve some of the physical issues that could be contributing to a higher level of stress. Also, we recommend that patients be careful with what they put in their body and what toxins they expose themselves to. This means quitting smoking or using tobacco products and drugs, only drinking alcohol occasionally and eating a healthy diet.

Call for help

Regardless of how severely anxiety is impacting you, we can provide the treatment necessary for you to live a healthy and balanced life. Call and schedule an appointment today so that we can begin treating your anxiety disorder.

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