Anxiety is our body’s natural response to unfriendly environment, an involuntary reaction that occurs when we face a problem, take an important decision, feel threatened, or are in a panic situation. In other words, it’s a part of normal human feelings that everyone experiences at some point in their life.
An anxiety disorder, however, isn’t the same; it’s a serious mental illness. Fear, worry, and uneasiness become excessive for people suffering from anxiety disorders. The feeling of anxiety causes such distress that they find it hard to control their fears and worries.
Persistent anxiety requires professional help
They go through an unpleasant state of inner turmoil and have an uneasy feeling of dread over anticipated events. Overtime, their feelings of anxiety become more and more persistent and affect their usual day-to-day living.
There are various types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Collectively, they are among the most observed anxiety disorders in Americans.
Although each has its particular characteristics and symptoms, but the symptoms mostly cluster around persistent, unreasonable fear and worry. Faith based recovery programs are equipped with the power of God to help restore peace and joy back in your life. An authentic Christian environment will enable you to have confidence and boldness in the redevelopment of your relationships.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders affect a person both physically and mentally. They usually last at least 6 months and can get worse if not treated with proper care.
The signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders vary depending on the type of the disorder. The symptoms can vary from person to person, as well. Some individuals may be identified with one or two symptoms, while others may show many more. However, despite the differences, all anxiety disorders share some common symptoms.
Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle tension
- Shaking or trembling
- Tingly or numb hands
- Excessive sweating
- Breathing difficulty
- Hyperventilation (over breathing)
- Stomach upset
- Weakness or dizziness
- Frequent need to urinate
- Dry mouth
- Choking sensation
Common psychological symptoms of anxiety include:
- Persistent feelings of fear or terror
- A Sense of dread
- Feeling like losing control
- Difficulty concentrating
- Obsessive thinking
- Feeling persistently “on edge”
- Over anticipation — unreasonably the worst
- Feeling tense and jumpy
- An inability to be still and calm
- Intrusive thoughts about danger
Anxiety Disorder self-assessment
Is anxiety interfering with your day-to-day living? Do you think you may have an anxiety disorder? If you are suspecting that you may have an anxiety problem, ask yourself the following questions. If you identify yourself with two or three of the following symptoms, consider seeking professional help and support.
- Are you persistently tense, anxious, worried, apprehensive, or on edge?
- Do you experience sudden episodes of intense fear or terror accompanied by one or more of the physical symptoms mentioned above?
- Is your anxiety interfering with your responsibilities at home, school, or work?
- Do you think you have obsessive thoughts?
- Do you find yourself worrying about unreasonable events?
- Do you think that danger and catastrophe are around every corner?
- Do you feel that your mind is going blank?
- Do you often feel overwhelmed?
- Are you avoiding situations or activities that may cause anxiety?
- Do you feel that something terrible will occur if certain things aren’t done in a certain way?
- Do you feel detached or isolated from your surrounding environment and the people in it?
Please note that the above questions are for informational purposes only and are not designed to serve as a screening or assessment tool for anxiety disorders. Diagnosis of an anxiety disorder requires a thorough screening and assessment by a qualified, trained professional, preferably a psychiatrist.
How to Help Someone with an Anxiety Disorder?
If your loved one is coping with an anxiety disorder, offer your help and support. Effective, comprehensive treatments are now available for people with anxiety disorders. In addition, research has uncovered new therapies that can help a person with an anxiety disorder lead a productive and fulfilling live. Specialized therapy by a quality care provider can make a big difference in treating your loved one’s condition.
For more help and suggestions, call Devotions Recovery Center today to talk with our psychiatrist.