Anxiety Disorders – What Are They And Could I Have

Health There are a number of stressful medical conditions affecting Americans, but among the most common are anxiety disorders. Millions suffer from anxiety disorders to some degree or another, and the specific disorders can vary greatly from person to person. As anxiety orders may grow progressively worse if not treated, if you think you may be suffering from one of these conditions, see your primary health care provider as soon as possible. One common kind of anxiety disorder is the panic disorder. Panic disorders are characterized by the repeated experience of unexpected and sudden extreme anxiety. They can be severe enough that the sufferer fears he or she might die. That won’t happen, but it can be terrifying. Attacks can vary widely in their intensity, but can be controlled with medication and through learning behavioral control techniques. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders are also quite common. With this type of anxiety disorder, the sufferer experiences uncontrollable and unwanted urges to perform a certain task, such as brushing their hair a certain number of times or checking that a door is locked or the stove is turned off over and over. Anxiety increases until actions are performed. This forced repetition of compulsive behaviors can become extremely disruptive to normal life. There are also types of anxiety disorders that have their roots in traumatic events. Probably the best known is the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sometimes including vivid flashbacks of the traumatic events, victims experience persistent memories and frightening thoughts about the extremely stressful event, such as a car wreck, an attack on them or a military battle. Treatment as soon as possible after a traumatic event can reduce or eliminate PTSD. In many cases, immediate post-traumatic psychological counseling can prevent PTSD. Phobias also belong to the category of anxiety disorders. People can fear a number of things, including small spaces (claustrophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), or any number of other things. Phobias are usually irrational and very intense and being near the feared object or in the feared situation will usually cause severe anxiety or a panic attack. Many people, of course fear spiders, snakes, etc., but not to the extreme extent which characterizes phobic disorders. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, may be more common than once thought. It is difficult to accurately diagnose and it is probably under reported. Characterized by excessive worry about nearly anything and everything, it can become a life threatening condition over time because of associated symptoms and the misery it causes. A constant burden of excessive worry and anxiety can make life intolerable and GAD sufferers should seek help as soon as they even suspect a possibility of the disorder. Anxiety disorders are a true equal opportunity disaster and can affect anyone without respect to age, economic status, race, religion, or gender. The key is to catch any anxiety disorder before it begins to ruin your life and get assistance. Medications are generally only stopgaps – some prescription medications have serious or unpleasant side effects or may be addictive. Other methods including therapy or counseling, behavioral training, relaxation or meditation techniques and life style changes can be used to great advantage with anxiety disorders. With the immediate lowering of anxiety as a result of prescription or even natural anxiety remedies, you can then learn behavioral based techniques to maintain or regain control of your anxiety levels and reduce or eliminate the problems anxiety disorders provoke in your life About the Author: 相关的主题文章: