What About Anxiety

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There are different types of anxiety disorders, each of which has unique symptoms. However al anxiety disorders have one thing in common; constant, intense fear or distress in situations that are not threatening. People generally have one or more of the following symptoms.

Emotional
  • Feelings of apprehension, terror, dread or impending danger
  • Feeling nervousness
  • Unrest or irritability- feeling irritable, tired and restless
  • Anticipating the worst and looking for signs of risk.
  • Feel unable to make decisions with ease
  • Postpone tasks or avoid situations which could potentially trigger or worry them
  • Repeatedly checking things and seeking assurance and approval from others
Physical
  • Pounding or rapid heart rate and shortness of breath
  • Sweating, tremor and twitching
  • Headache, exhaustion and insomnia
  • Cramping of stomach, excessive urination or diarrhoea
  • Feel pins and needles
  • Have a dry mouth
There are several types of anxiety disorders; the most common types are:
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): A long-term illness that causes you to feel nervous about a wide variety of circumstances and problems, rather than one particular case.
  • Panic disorder: A sudden episode of extreme fear that causes serious physical reactions. Symptoms include; palpitations, heart racing, sweating, trembling and feeling shortness of breath.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: Extreme social terror; People with this disorder have trouble talking to people, meeting new people, attending social events. This person fears being judged and evaluated by others.
  • Agoraphobia: Fear of being in conditions where escape could be difficult, or support would not be available if something were to go wrong.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and worries (obsessions) or a sense that certain routines are replicated (compulsions) to the degree that induces anxiety or affects one’s general functioning.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):  Is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic event- either by experiencing or watching it. Symptoms include hallucinations, nightmares, feeling extremely nervous and trouble sleeping.

We do not fully understand what causes anxiety disorders. However, the following causes are believed to induce anxiety:

Genetics: Some people tend to be born more nervous than others. You can get anxiety from your genes.

Life Experience: There may be bad experiences, such as being raped or losing a loved one. It may also be caused by significant life changes

Psychotherapy and Medication are the two primary treatment for anxiety disorders. You will benefit most from a mixture of both. It may take a few trial and error to find out which treatments are better suited to you.

Psychotherapy

Often known as talk therapy or psychological counselling, it involves working with a therapist to minimise symptoms of anxiety. It can be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) has been the most successful method of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. CBT focuses on teaching you practical skills to manage your symptoms and gradually return to activities that you have avoided due to anxiety.

Medication

Several types of drugs help relieve symptoms, based on the type of anxiety disorder you have and whether you have any emotional or physical health problems. For instance: Some antidepressants are often used to treat anxiety disorders. Anti-anxiety medications called buspirone can be prescribed.

Your doctor can recommend other medication forms under limited cases, such as sedatives, sometimes called benzodiazepines, or beta-blockers. These medicines are meant to relieve anxiety symptoms in the short term and are not intended to be used in the long term.