We all experience bouts of anxiety and stress sometimes or the other. Many a time the experience is so intense that it derails our life for longer periods. These can turn chronic setting in of permanent distress into body functioning. Anxiety disorder can stem from the death of a loved one, divorce, inactive lifestyle, poor sleep habits, pressures at the workplace, or even having more than one unsuccessful attempt at work or relation. These anxiety attacks can turn into panic attacks affecting physiological functioning. It is important to reach out to a medical professional in order to understand the symptoms and triggering cause.
Types of Anxiety
- Mood disorder. Feeling nervousness or worry that distract everyday life and living. The magnitude of anxiety may vary from person to person. It can develop due to death of a loved one, divorce and being jobless. There can be many more reasons.
- Panic Disorder. One can experience frequent panic behavior due to stressful or fearful situation. Heart palpitation, trembling, sweating and feeling out of control are few symptoms.
- Phobia Disorder. It is an increasing fear or aversion of an object or situation. Some examples of phobia are heights, looking at blood, animals etc. There are situational phobia too such as separation anxiety. Agoraphobia is a common phobia related disorder that involves fear of being in open or closed spaces or using public transport.
- Generalized Anxiety disorder. These are anxiety experiences which one faces every day for many months due to health, work or social life. Although the levels may be low at the beginning but as one continues to live without addressing the cause, the severity increases affecting day-to-day living.
Signs of Anxiety Disorder
Life is not the same for all types of anxiety disorder patients. For example, those with a separation anxiety disorder may feel that something will happen to the person that they are attached to! Others who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may feel compulsive to act or perform in a certain way to relax. Most people who suffer from anxiety show signs of impaired concentration, frequent episodes of hyperventilation, trembling, and drowsiness. The frequency and intensity of symptoms often depend on the level of anxiety disorder a person is suffering from. Genetic and environmental risks influence one’s anxiety levels. Caffeine and certain medications can result in increased anxiety symptoms.
There are many anti-anxiety medications that can be prescribed depending on the type and situation. Although medication may only cover the symptoms, it is essential to take them in order to physically be capable to combat the disorder. Anti-anxiety medication can cause dependency and withdrawal symptoms when stopped. However, these cannot be avoided as they are effective to ease feelings of fear, worry, and panic attacks.
Cognitive behavior therapy is a form of psychotherapy that teaches people how to think, feel and react to a situation or an object. It helps patients to reach the root cause of the disorder by helping identify the distorted thoughts triggering anxiety. Once we know the cause, eventually one is taught to challenge that and neutralize them.
Our bodies are an intricate mixture of biochemical, hormonal, biological, metabolic, and psychological bonding which is why a treatment effect on someone may not equally be effective on others. It is imperative that a doctor is approached to have an in-depth evaluation and adopt a holistic approach.
A Word From H2FCare
We care for mental health and aim to spread awareness to patients as well as family members of people who suffer from any such disorder. Like cough and cold, these disorders are also simple ailments that are treatable by medicine, care, love, and understanding. It is important to look around and ask for help if you are having any such feeling which puts you even in 1% of these disorders. At the same time care for loved ones and look upon them for any symptoms. The timely intervention of someone can save a life.