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Doctor's Desk

Anxiety

Anxiety is a common and healthy emotion found in most people. However, it does not stay healthy and manageable in an overwhelming situation – especially if you are constantly stressed. And, often leads to a mental illness called anxiety disorder. 

You may respond to specific conditions with fear and dread if you have an anxiety disorder. Pounding heart, excessive sweating and trembling are some of the physical signs of an anxiety disorder. 

Nowadays, anxiety has become a common issue among teens and young adults. Anxiety disorders makes you feel nervous and fearful in common everyday daily life. That is where it starts to harm you. Self-image issues, insecurity and trauma can make you to feel anxious or nervous. People who are often exposed to bullying, physical abuse, emotional trauma and drug and substance abuse, face anxiety disorder. Thus, to leave a healthy lifestyle, it is crucial to seek professional help and treatment for anxiety disorder.

Common Types of Anxiety 

Here are some common types of anxiety:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – Patients experience extreme stress and worry about personal life matters like family, work, money, social interactions, personal health, etc. 

Depression And Anxiety – It is very common in the UK. Depression and anxiety have different levels and the patient feels overwhelmed by negative emotions like sadness, disappointment, lack of hope and constantly feeling on the edge. 

Performance Anxiety – This type of anxiety makes your body ready for any unexpected danger and can seriously affect your lifestyle and make you feel fearful all the time, if not treated.

Social Anxiety – This is triggered due to insecurity and self-consciousness when the patient is around other people. It effects patient’s communication skills and can lead to problems in their relationships.  

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD is a result of anxiety disorder. Patients with OCD try to manage their underlying anxiety by focusing and obsessing on a particular aspect of their life. It can be extremely unhealthy and requires treatment. 

Symptoms Of Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety restricts your ability to function correctly. You won’t control your reaction to different situations, especially when something triggers your emotions, then you might overreact.

You may also experience some physical symptoms of anxiety attack like cold or sweaty hands, dry mouth, shortness of breath and nausea.

Treatment 

The treatment of extreme anxiety or anxiety disorder is based on how significantly generalized anxiety disorder affects your ability to function in your daily life. It can be treated very easily with two main treatments, i.e., psychotherapy and medications. You can also get the most benefit from a combination of the two. It takes time to see what treatment is best for you.

Contact a professional for consultation and seek help of an experienced and trained psychiatrists. You will be provided with the best program and treatment plan depending upon the severity and type of your anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety And Other Mental Health Conditions

Anxiety disorders can lead to many other health problems. Similarly, you might face anxiety as a side effect of depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, etc.  In such cases, to treat anxiety, the triggering condition should be treated first. Therefore, it is important to see an experienced professional who can guide you the right way.