Anxiety has the ability to cripple us and cause us to feel as though we’re losing touch with reality. Depending on the person, anxiety can lead to headaches, insomnia, chest pains, panic attacks, light sensitivity issues, and much more. These symptoms can range in severity, but, without the proper support, it’s not uncommon for those who experience anxiety to feel these never-ending sense of impending doom that looms over their head throughout the day. If you’ve been battling with anxiety lately, please know that you’re not alone. There are millions of people across the nation who struggle with anxious thoughts as well. Understanding how anxiety works and addressing it can help us to better work through it in the long run. The diagnosis of these anxiety disorders requires the help of a qualified healthcare professional, but the symptoms of these disorders can sometimes help us to gauge if we need to seek help or not.
How Does Anxiety Work?
Anxiety occurs when a person has worries or dreadful feelings about something happening in the future. Some amount of anxiety can be beneficial to accomplish goals in life. Anxiety can push us to move forward. However, an excessive amount can cripple and stop us from progressing.
What Defines Anxiety Disorders?
For those who battle with anxiety on a daily basis, or at least very frequently, it’s quite possible that an anxiety disorder is present. There are a number of disorders centered around anxiety:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): persistent and excessive worry about things in general
- Panic disorder: a cluster of symptoms such as panic attacks and fear of having a panic attack
- Social anxiety disorder: significant anxiety in social situations, often leading to avoiding social behaviors or situations
- Major depressive disorder: a persistent feeling of sadness or lack of interest in things
Phobic disorders: persistent, irrational fears and avoidance of situations or objects that involve these fears
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD): a cycle of obsessive thoughts, impulses, images or compulsions that are difficult to suppress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a condition that sometimes develops in people who have experienced a traumatic incident
It can take some time to work through anxiety, but intervention is necessary in order to see major improvements. If you’re ready to seek help, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. Our treatment plans prepare you to handle the stresses of everyday life. Alta Loma is a world-renowned, Texas state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center exclusively for men with ranch style housing located in a peaceful, remote area. Call us today at (866) 457-3843 for a consultation.