Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue, affecting over 25 million Americans. Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time, but anxiety disorders are different. These chronic disorders are characterized by anxiety that cannot be controlled, brought on by certain situations. It can result in panic attacks with shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, sweating, trembling, nausea and even the feeling of dying. Because of the intense and sudden symptoms, many people who experience panic attacks believe they are having a heart attack.
Many things can cause anxiety disorders—traumatic experiences, neglect or abuse during childhood, medical disorders, medications etc. These can create a lasting effect on a person’s psyche and mental state. Anxiety disorders can interfere with peoples’ everyday lives including work, school, and social relationships. Someone suffering from anxiety disorder will avoid situations and places that trigger anxiety, thus having a huge impact on his or her livelihood.
The good news is that anxiety disorders can be helped. Therapy can help to lessen or even eliminate anxiety from your life. The root cause of the anxiety, no matter how troublesome it is, needs to be dealt with. Discussing the problem or event and gaining a better understanding of it can help to limit the anxiety associated with it. Many times these issues need to be faced head on, and it can be difficult, but it is necessary to help conquer the anxiety. If anxiety is affecting your everyday life, call us to find out how we can assist you.