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In today’s world having anxiety occasionally is totally normal. It’s a reaction of our brain towards stress or a potentially dangerous situation. In anxiety disorder, there’s overwhelming anxiety or fear towards things like school, work, or social get-together or any anxiety triggering situation.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorders/ Phobia
- Social Anxiety Disorder/ Social Phobia
- Separation Anxiety
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Do I have Anxiety Disorder?
The symptoms of Anxiety Disorders are:
- Panic, Fear & Uneasiness
- Feeling of doom/ danger
- Sleep Problems
- Shortness of Breath
- Headache/ Chronic Pain
- Dry mouth
- Inability of Concentration
- Intensely/ obsessively avoiding feared object/ places
Why do I have anxiety disorder?
- Emotional Stress
- Environmental Factors
- Drug Induced
- Medical Conditions
What are the risk factors?
There are few conditions which predisposes a person towards Anxiety Disorder:
- History of Mental diseases
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Negative Life Events
- Severe/ Chronic Illness
- Substance Abuse
- Shy Personality
- Low self esteem
How do we treat Anxiety Disorder?
It could be treated with proper medication and counseling. It’s just like any other disease with proper care anyone could get well.
- Anti-anxiety drugs
- Anti-psychotic drugs
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
It’s a type of psychotherapy in which they teach people different way of thinking, behaving and reacting towards anxiety inducing situation. CBT focuses on identifying the negative thoughts and converting them into a positive reaction.
In support groups people discusses the fears, problems about the disease. they see each other coping with the disease and it gives them confidence and guidance to face the disease.
Having an anxiety disorder could lead to, or worsen, other mental and physical conditions, such as:
- Depression (which often associated with an anxiety disorder) or other mental health disorders
- Substance abuse
- Sleeping disorder
- Digestive or bowel problems like Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS)
- Headaches and chronic pain
- Social isolation
- Poor quality of life
How can you help yourself get better?
- Learn about the disease
- Follow the treatment protocols
- Reduce food rich in caffeine like coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, chocolate etc.
- Do not use alcohol/ recreational drugs
- Eat healthy & exercise
- Stress management techniques
- Get better sleep
- Relax and meditate
- Keep a journal
- Manage negative thoughts
- Seek support
This post is part of Blogchatter’s initiative #CauseAChatter to spread awareness in the society regarding various stigmas and taboos. Through a series of posts, I’m spreading awareness regarding Mental Health. I hope you found my post helpful.
Be Safe & Be Happy
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