Who doesn’t feel anxious? Do you remember – Those school days with your subject-wise weekly tests resting on your desks? Those multifarious entrance exams for colleges, you were forced to write? Going all pins and needles, for the hold up of receiving that acceptance letter from your dream university? That most awaited phone call for your job acceptance? Sometimes, we deal with gobs of anxiety wonder workingly.
Now, listen to me! You do not need to feel conscience-stricken, just because you face an anxiety disorder.
Being anxious is perfectly fine!
Anxiety, what’s its deal?
Anxiety is nothing, but just a humanly act of the response to stress. Surprisingly, it can turn out to be bettering in real-life circumstances, as well. It can at times- throw together upon us to be well braced up, tamper us to pay attention, wave a red flag to us for some menaces hastened.
So then, What are Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety disorder is a psychical disorder with superfluous fear and anxiety faced in daily life situations.
Most of the folks getting a handle on anxiety disorders, lay fingers on themselves to be lonesome; but the stats say that anxiety disorders are the one of the most common and dismally affect roughly 30% of adults at some timeline in their lives.
Let’s have a deeper look:
Types of Anxiety Disorders-
Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
GAD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder buttoned down by chronic anxiety, and unflagging worry that interferes with day-to-day liveliness.
Crux physical symptoms of GAD: restlessness, fatigued, difficulty in concentrating, muscle tension, or sleeping problems.
Many patients know-how worries are associated with job responsibilities, family, or health.
PD, Panic Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by unpredicted and recurrent episodes of intensive panic attacks, a staggering merger of physical and psychological distress.
How to know if I am having a panic attack?
One may go through, these symptoms:
– Shortness of breath
– Chest pains
– Feeling light-headed
– Chills or hot flashes
– Abdominal pains
– Anticipation of losing control
– Fear of dying
Mean age for onset of panic disorder is 22-23 years.
Specific Phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or action. In this disorder, patients are tuned up that their fear is extravagant and the situation or object is naive, but still they aren’t able to overcome it.
Some examples of the fears faced fear of: water, flying, fire, lizards, or spiders.
Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder:
SAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme self-consciousness in everyday social situations. In simpler words, a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, eating or drinking in front of other people.
This fear or anxiety causes disputed points with day-to-day functioning and lasts at least six months.
Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by the fear of being in standing points where desertion may be easier said than done and at times disconcerting.
One may undergo many fears in the following situations:
– Using public transportation
– Being in open spaces
– Standing in line
– Being in a crowd
Untreated agoraphobia can be so serious that a person may be unable to leave his/ her house.
Separation Anxiety Disorder:
SAD, Separation Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by extravagant fear or anxiety about separation from those with whom the patient is attached, the most. A person with separation anxiety disorder may be time and time again worried about losing the person closest to him or her. He/ she may even be hanging back to go out. It is common to experience nightmares about separation.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by isochronal, unwanted obsessions/ thoughts/ behaviors/ compulsions.
Some examples of the obsessions: hand washing, counting, or cleaning.
By the act of performing these compulsions fix up only for the time being relief; if not performed the anxiety increases hugely.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized after the exposure to an alarming ordeal which panned out in occurrence of physical harm or threat.
Some examples of the ordeals: violent relationship assaults, car accidents, kidnaps, natural calamities, humanized disasters, or other accidents.
Do You Know What Causes Anxiety Disorders?
No! Right? But why so?
It’s so casting down that the causes of anxiety disorders are till date unexplored; but it is likely that the ‘causes’ trump up to be spectrum such as- genetics, environmental factors, psychological aspects, and developmental facets.
FUN FACT: Anxiety is known to ‘run in the family!’
What are the Risk Factors for Anxiety Disorders?
An unification of genes and environmental stresses can produce the voluminous disorders mentioned above.
Diagnosis for Anxiety Disorders-
STEP #1: Consultation
The first and foremost measure is to consult a doctor, in order to make sure there are no physical problems causing those persisting symptoms.
STEP #2: Diagnosis
If an anxiety disorder is diagnosed, a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist [in case for prescription of meds] or a psychologist can work with you for the best treatment.
STEP #3: Talk it out
One size, fit NOT all!
Each anxiety disorder has sui generis characteristics, luckily most respond well to two types of treatments: psychotherapy a.k.a talk therapy, and medications. These treatments can be given alone or in merger.
CBT, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, can help the person learn a different way of thinking, reacting and behaving to help seem less anxious.
Medications will not minister anxiety disorders, but can give a momentous relief to the ailing person. The most commonly used medications are anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, or beta-blockers.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorder-
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Stress management techniques: Stress management is a wide chromatic spectrum of psychotherapies can take the helm at controlling one’s level of chronic stress, every now and then with the root up in improving everyday functioning.
Some examples of the techniques: meditation, physical exercise, music, artistic expression, prayers to the Divine Being, yogic postures, and quality time with mother nature.
Support groups can cater an opportunity to share coping strategies. Learning more about the write-ups of a disorder is tremendous.
Caution: Avoid caffeine, it can worsen the symptoms.
What do I do when I am anxious?
A mug of hot, steaming chamomile tea with a background music of ‘Relaxing Music for Stress Relief. Soothing Music. Meditation. Sleep Music’ by Audice Wellness Services on Spotify can dry out any mood and calm your senses inwardly. Trust me, try doing it!
If you still feel anxious… go ahead, rolling a jade roller or guasha on your face, the blue moon feeling makes me go like… sweet heavens! Let me know, how you felt!
For every minute, you are angry
You lose sixty seconds of happiness!
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