Anxiety & Stress Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Anxiety & Stress Disorder

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives.

But anxiety disorders are treatable and a number of effective treatments are available. Treatment helps most people lead normal productive lives.

Signs And Symptoms

Anxiety Disorders

Signs + Symptoms

Generalize Anxiety Disorder

Long-lasting anxiety not specific to a situation or object

Panic Disorder

Quick hit of terror often followed by trembling/difficulty breathing. 

Social Anxiety Disorder

Intense fear in and of social interactions managed  by avoidance.

Why Anxiety Disorders Doesn’t Get Resolved On Time?

People with anxiety disorders sometimes quit their medications because of side effects or not understanding their illness. Many times, individual experiences chronic anxiety due to uncertainties, day-to-day stressors of life and familial expectations. This raises the risk of serious symptoms returning, which can lead to a psychotic episode (in which someone loses touch with reality).

Treatment Options

Anxiety disorders are typically treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Mental health professionals typically recommend therapy as part of a combined approach to treatment, in adjunct to the medical treatment. Beyond treatment, we can help you build a regular routine, which includes sleep hygiene, regular exercise, mood charting, etc.

Lastly, we can also help in minimizing the disabling effects of the disorder, by constant monitoring, and catching early warning signs through daily feedback calls. Long-term, continuous treatment can help people manage these symptoms.

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