Everyone gets anxious once in a while; it may result from preparing for a job interview, joining a new school, or approaching your exam period. Therefore, occasional anxiety is normal. But if you are constantly on edge with persistent worry and fear about everyday situations, you may have an anxiety disorder. If you have an anxiety disorder, you may find it hard to control the feelings of worry, which may interfere with your daily activities. Most people may not realize that anxiety disorders are mental condition that requires treatment. Whatever form of anxiety you may have, Dr. Jodi Marshall Bedford recommends treatment to improve your quality of life.
Types of anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
It is characterized by repeated episodes of sudden and intense feelings of fear and terror that reach a peak in a short time. Panic attacks cause shortness of breath, chest pain, and heart palpitations, and you may also have feelings of impending doom. If you experience a panic attack, you may live in constant fear of the same feeling; therefore, you may avoid places and situations in which you have a panic attack. Panic disorder may occur along with agoraphobia.
It is a type of anxiety that causes you to avoid places or situations that may trigger a panic attack, leaving you feeling helpless and embarrassed.
- Generalized anxiety disorder
As the term may suggest, people with this type of anxiety are always worried about everyday events or routine issues. For example, you may be worried about your health, finances, and education. The worry is usually out of proportion to the actual circumstance, difficult to control, and may affect how you feel physically. Most of the time, generalized anxiety disorder occurs along with depression or other types of anxiety disorders.
- Social anxiety disorder
People with social anxiety disorder tend to experience high anxiety levels in social places. They are often self-conscious and worry about being judged or negatively viewed by others. If you have a social anxiety disorder, you may tend to avoid places or situations where many people are involved.
- Specific phobias
Phobias cause intense anxiety when exposed to a particular object or situation; some people fear blood, snakes, and insects. If you have a phobia of a specific thing, you tend to avoid it, and exposure to it may trigger a panic attack.
What causes anxiety?
The causes of anxiety remain unclear, but life experiences such as tragic events often trigger anxiety disorders in people prone to anxiety. Sometimes fear stems from an underlying health issue, and its signs and symptoms may be the first indicators of a medical illness. Treating the health problems may sometimes be enough to get rid of the anxiety. If your doctor suspects that a medical condition is the cause of your anxiety, they may order tests to look for signs of a problem. Some of the medical issues that may cause anxiety include:
- Heart disease
- Thyroid problems
- Withdrawal from alcohol
- Chronic pain
- Respiratory disorders like asthma and obstructive pulmonary disease
If you are constantly worried about everything, visit your specialist at Innovative psychiatry disorder for anxiety treatment to enjoy a peaceful life.