Know Everything about Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders – a group of mental illnesses – can prevent individuals from carrying on with their lives as they normally would. It is different from fear as fear is defined as the reaction one makes as a response to an occurring incident. On the other hand, anxiety can best be summed up as anticipation for an upcoming or future event.
Types of Disorders
Anxiety disorder includes different conditions and types and they are:
Panic disorder: Sudden feeling of terror that strikes which usually comes with sweating, chest pains, palpitation and even feelings of choking or a heart attack.
Social anxiety disorder (Social Phobia): Worries about oneself in social situations and the fear of embarrassments or being judged.
Specific phobias: The overwhelming fear of a particular situation or objects, such as flying or even dolls. This type of fear can even cause people to avoid certain situation that are mundane and ordinary.
Generalized anxiety disorder: This type of anxiety is best summed up as feelings of unrealistic worries and imaginative tensions resulting from no reason at all.
The common symptoms witnessed and observed in these anxieties usually includes problems regarding sleep, nausea, palpitations, dry mouth, dizziness besides the usual panicking, fear, and uneasiness.
Treatment for anxiety disorders
Some common therapies that are usually sought after in the treating of these anxieties include Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Behavior Therapy and Exposure Therapy.
Cognitive-Behavior therapy is focused towards the thoughts and behaviors together. In anxiety treatment, CBT helps clients to identify and challenge their negative thinking patterns and irrational beliefs that result in anxieties.
Behavior therapy is a component of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), but unlike CBT it does not attempt to change beliefs and attitudes. Rather it focuses on reversing the patterns of avoidance and worries that makes the anxiety worse by encouraging activities that are rewarding, pleasant or give a sense of satisfaction,
Exposure therapy encourages clients to confront their fears in a safe and controlled environment. Patients are repeatedly exposed to the feared object or situations, either in imaginations or in reality to give a sense of control to them. In the treatment of phobias, this therapy is usually accompanied by relaxation exercises and imageries.
It is common (and normal) for everyone to get nervous or anxious from time to time such as speaking in public or when waiting for a test result. But for some people, anxiety becomes so recurrent or persistent that it can take over their lives.
Self-help coping strategies for anxiety can be effective. If symptoms of these anxieties like worries, fears, and panic attacks have become so persistent and frequent that they are causing extreme distress or disrupting daily routines, it is vital to seek professional help.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.