Feeling anxious is not an uncommon occurrence, but when anxiety becomes pervasive and affects your ability to function daily, it may be a more serious condition known as an anxiety disorder. An estimated 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety. Usually beginning by adolescence or early adulthood, anxiety disorders are diagnosed about twice as many times in women as men.
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Types and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
There isn’t just one type of anxiety disorder. There are several, each with specific types of symptoms. Some symptoms are common to many anxiety disorders, including fear, apprehension or powerlessness, an inability to be still, difficulty sleeping, muscle tension, and obsessive thoughts. Types of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Characterized by excessive worry, often with no or very little apparent reason
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Persistent fears or thoughts that result in ritualistic behavior or routines
- Panic Disorder – Feelings of terror, sweating, chest pain, heart palpitations and the feeling of choking that occurs suddenly and repeatedly
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Also known as PTSD, this condition is characterized by experiencing a traumatic or terrifying event that leads to frightening memories and nightmares, anger, emotional numbness, guilt, worry and other symptoms
- Social Anxiety Disorder – Worry about everyday social situations that becomes overpowering; fear of embarrassment or judgment
- Specific Phobias – Disproportionate fear of a specific situation that is intense and may cause the person to avoid everyday situations, such as the fear of flying, heights or being in an enclosed space
Causes of Anxiety Disorders
No one knows the exact cause of anxiety disorders. Possible causes include chronic stress, chemical imbalances, certain kinds of medical illness, and changes in brain structure. Research also shows that the tendency toward anxiety disorders runs in families and may be triggered by environmental factors such as upbringing, significant life events or trauma in childhood. While some researchers believe that estrogen levels play a role in anxiety disorders’ development, other researchers have found that anxiety symptoms increase following childbirth.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
No one needs to continue suffering as anxiety disorders are highly treatable. Psychotherapy helps clients learn effective strategies for managing anxiety, while medication, in some cases, may also be recommended.
At Lucida, we use cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication as appropriate, and holistic therapies such as exercise and relaxation techniques. We develop individualized mental health treatment plans that address how anxiety affects the mind, body and spirit.
Many of our clients with anxiety disorders also struggle with depression, substance abuse and other issues. That’s why at Lucida we take a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to anxiety treatment.
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