To help with getting a better understanding of anxiety in its various forms, below, you'll find a wide selection of articles that provide information about the signs, causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of difference anxiety disorders.
Anxiety Can Get Out of Control
Hopefully the above articles about how, when, and why an anxiety disorder might impact an individual were helpful. Anxiety is a normal part of life. People get anxious for all sorts of reasons including trouble with their interpersonal relationships or problems at work. Remember there’s a difference between feeling occasionally nervous or anxious, and having anxiety. There are times when you might feel on edge, such as when you’re about to take a test. It’s natural to feel anxious then. But clinical anxiety can be far more severe than having jitters. Anxiety disorders are persistent and impact an individual’s quality of life, including their relationships, jobs, and academic performance. People need treatment for a person’s life to feel manageable.
Different Kinds of Anxiety Disorders
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders. Anxiety varies in severity depending on the person who is experiencing it. Anxiety can be a severe condition that impacts your body and mind. It can be challenging to explain it to others who aren’t feeling it. Everyone’s symptoms are unique, but remember that your anxiety is real.
You’re Not Making It Up
Anxiety is rea. When you have anxiety, there will be people that don’t understand what you’re going through and make judgments. They might believe you’re making your symptoms up. But what you’re feeling is real. People living with anxiety can have a variety of different conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder or Social Anxiety. These are all diagnosed conditions that you can get more information about from your therapist and psychiatrist. There are many coping techniques for anxiety, and there’s no right way to manage it. One of the most important things to remember is that you’re allowed to feel your feelings, and your anxiety is valid and real.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
With Generalized Anxiety Disorder, worrying is a common symptom. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) impacts a person’s mind to the point where they’re consistently preoccupied with worries. They might fixate on something terrible happening and have no evidence that there’s imminent danger. People with GAD prepare themselves for the worst case scenario and tend to believe that these adverse outcomes are probable. They worry about a variety of issues such as their health, relationships, money problems or psychological state. People GAD find it challenging to manage their worries and spend a lot of time in their heads. Even though they don’t want to worry, they can’t seem to stop the behavior. They prepare themselves for a devastating outcome, but there’s no evidence that terrible things are going to happen. GAD is common and highly treatable with therapy, and sometimes medication can help the symptoms of persistent worrying.
Panic Disorder is a condition where a person gets a feeling of dread out of the blue and experiences a panic attack. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, shaking, sweating and a sense of impending disaster or doom. Panic attacks come on without warning and can happen anywhere. They might occur on the job while taking public transportation or driving, or while spending a day with a friend. Some people have panic attacks once in a while, while others experience frequent episodes of panic. Those who suffer from recurring panic attacks may have Panic Disorder, and it’s important to get evaluated by a mental health professional. If you’re having a panic attack and feeling scared, remember that they always end. Panic typically peaks around 20 minutes and then subsides, and even though they can be frightening, you can learn coping skills to get through them and take medication if necessary.
Coping Techniques for Anxiety
There are many different coping strategies to handle anxiety depending on what your symptoms are. For example, a person with Panic Disorder might benefit from breathing exercises to calm the nervous system during a panic attack. Another popular technique for managing anxiety is meditation. The person who is anxious lets their thoughts be there in their mind. They don’t try to change them, they observe what they’re thinking and adopt a non-judgmental stance. Judging yourself makes anxiety worse. They may feel guilty for having thoughts or worries they can’t control. There’s a coping strategy for these persistent worries called mindfulness.
Mindfulness meditation is about practicing awareness in your mind and body. It helps the individual to stay in the present, rather than focusing on the past or the future. A person who is practicing mindfulness turns inward and focuses on their thoughts and how their body feels. Mindfulness derives from Eastern medicine, but it’s been adopted by Western culture, and become quite popular in treating anxiety disorders. It was introduced to The United States by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., who works at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It’s gained recognition over the past 30 years. Kabat-Zinn founded a stress reduction clinic, and because of his efforts, mindfulness is recognized as an excellent treatment for anxiety.
Get Help for Anxiety
Anxiety is treatable, and there are mental health professionals who understand what you’re going through and are ready to help. You don’t have to suffer alone with your anxious thoughts and feelings. Anxiety can amplify your feelings, and make you believe that your problems are insurmountable; that’s not true, and you can get support and feel better. You’re entitled to live a fulfilling life, and part of that is learning to cope with anxiety. Online counseling is an excellent option for people who are struggling with anxiety. If you would like more personalized assistance, you might want to speak with one of our licensed counselors that can help you today. Not only do we have a growing list of more than 2,000 online mental health therapists, but we've had more than 500,000 sign up to use our online counseling services. Get the help you need to manage anxiety.