It’s pretty normal to get anxious or nervous now and then – for instance, when going through financial problems, or when demonstrating something in front of a hiring manager. Some people, however, go through anxiety so frequent or even so forceful which eventually begins taking over their normal lives.
Many people with anxiety disorder find it difficult to tell that their everyday anxiety has turned out to be a disorder. And it’s really not easy to describe. Anxiety has many forms including panic attacks, social anxiety, and phobia. And unfortunately, distinction between a normal and officially diagnosis anxiety always remain unclear.
Chronic anxiety condition can also trigger a range of health problems. Excessive worrying or anxiety causes the sympathetic nervous system of the body to release stress hormones which turn out to be injurious for your health.
Anxiety may cause you loss of appetite and dismiss your interest in making love or other sexual activities. Also, it causes sleep problems such as insomnia, mild or severe headaches and tensed muscle. Regular panic attacks, on the other hand, are more prone to cause you to fear anxiety attacks thus increase overall anxiety.
Anxiety disorders are mainly classified into various disorders, for instance, generalized anxiety disorder or GAD, social anxiety disorder (SAD) and panic disorder. The good news is that most of these anxiety disorders are treatable with the help of medications and therapies. Also, there are several unconventional ways that can help in curbing these conditions.
Symptoms and Signs
If you have any of the following symptoms on a daily basis, then it’s the time you should talk to your doctor.
- Excessive worry
- Sleep problems
- Irrational fears
- Muscle tension
- Chronic indigestion
- Stage fight
- Self consciousness
- Panic and uneasiness
- Dry mouth
- Compulsive behaviors
- Self- doubt
- Short of breath
- Heart palpitations
Anxiety symptoms may occur due to a disturbed mental condition, an abnormal physical condition or both. Sometimes, this disorder is also caused by side effects of certain drugs. These causes can be further classified as stress at work or school, stress in relationships, financial problems, stress from an illness, stress from a trauma such as the loss of a loved one and use of illegal drugs such as cocaine.
As mentioned earlier, anxiety disorders can be treated with therapies such as exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT in addition to medications such as anti-anxiety or antidepressants pills or both. For example, Etizolam is an effective medication that can be used to treat anxiety symptoms.
In addition to aforementioned therapies and medicines, there are a number of ways that can help you deal with your anxiety disorder such as writing down your worries and concerns, doing daily exercises especially yoga, mediating on a daily basis, detaching from the unpleasant situation, forget about the “shoulds”, practicing self-care, and creating a positive mantra.
Anxiety disorders typically strike when you are stuck in the “something” happened in the past or worry about the future. In order to avoid these feelings, you must try to focus on what is going on here and now. Also, look for the natural ways that can help you deal with anxiety in a long run and are much better than medications.