Anxiety is a normal emotion that most people experience at some time or another as a response to stress or fear. However, excessive and disproportionate anxiety is not normal. An anxiety disorder is a mood disorder characterized by prolonged and unwarranted anxiousness that significantly hinders functioning, happiness, and/or sociality. It is sometimes accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, fatigue, and muscle tension. If your anxiety is affecting your ability to function on a daily basis, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Common Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are many types of anxiety disorders. One of the most common types is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), in which the sufferer has a pervasive sense of worry, even when there is little or no real cause for concern. Other types of anxiety disorders include obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Experts tend to agree that anxiety disorders are caused by a combination of biological, physical, social, and environmental factors.
Managing and Recovering from Anxiety
Recovering from anxiety begins with acknowledging the problem and seeking help. You can be formally diagnosed by a doctor, who will also be able to guide you to the most effective treatment plans. Some people will require anti-anxiety medication, and others will not. In either case, however, clinical experts agree that persons suffering from anxiety disorders should seek the help of a qualified counselor. In counseling, you can discern the particular sources of your anxiety and learn strategies to manage and break the cycle of anxious thoughts.
Maintaining healthy relationships while suffering from anxiety can be difficult, and the particular challenges will depend on the type and severity of your anxiety. Relational anxiety can often be expressed as jealousy, clinginess, or impulsivity. Persons suffering from social anxiety disorder often find it difficult to build relationships at all. But for all anxiety sufferers, relationships are a crucial part of healing and growing.
Ten Most Common Anxiety Attack Symptoms and How to Cope with Them
By Leah Elliott,
Posted June 20th, 2018
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“Your Mental Health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, the soccer game, the recital, and the grocery-run. Take care of yourself.”
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states, “Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults. An estimated 44 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. Yet only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment even though the disorders are highly treatable.”
It seems the word Anxiety is used quite often in today’s society. You may be wondering if it is even being used correctly in people’s everyday language or if they are meaning everyday worry. You might wonder if there is even a difference between worry and anxiety. Let’s take a look at these similar terms.
Worry is defined as uneasiness or allowing the mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, which accompany physical changes such as increased blood pressure.
They sound similar so let’s keep going. When an individual worries, they are able to decipher what they are worried about and pinpoint what is causing them to feel this way. Oftentimes anxiety cannot be pinpointed. You feel anxious but are not able to decipher the reason.
A person with an anxiety disorder experiences anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks are often confused with panic attacks, though they are different things. Someone who has
Am I Having a Nervous Breakdown? 10 Steps to Find Out
By Rachel Mckay,
Posted March 30th, 2018
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The term “nervous breakdown” is often overused and ambiguous. It could mean anything from a bad day and being overwhelmed to a having a psychotic episode.
We often hear of celebrities “going through a nervous breakdown” when there are reports of erratic behavior or a significant change in the way they present themselves, but we may also hear a coworker proclaim “I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown” when circumstances are particularly chaotic at the workplace.
But what does the phrase “nervous breakdown” actually mean? It is first important to note that it is not a clinical term. A trained clinician will assess for symptoms that may lead to a diagnosis, and there is no “nervous breakdown” diagnosis.
Despite this, “nervous breakdown” is used as a blanket term, often in a context where the details of mental distress are not openly discussed. There is some shared sense of what the term means. If I were to conduct a small survey, it is likely that people generally would agree that a nervous breakdown indicates a point of abnormal psychological distress.
In order to label the change in behavior as abnormal, we must first have a sense of what is the standard behavior. From that point, what we see or experience as the norm is jilted by a “breakdown.”
What Does a Nervous Breakdown Look Like?
So what does a breakdown actually look like? And how can we prevent it? This article will discuss the perception of a
By David Hodel,
Posted March 12th, 2018
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Many of us experience social situations that cause us anxiety. For some, meeting new people is a challenge. For others, just walking into a room full of strangers is uncomfortable. Because we like to avoid discomfort, most of us try to develop workarounds that allow us to be out in the world and forming new relationships.
When the anxiety begins to keep us from activities, interfere with work, or prevent us from participating in social gatherings, it may be time to look more closely at our social phobia, understand it and get help.
Social Anxiety Disorder
For the purposes of this discussion, it is good to have a sense for what an actual diagnosis of social anxiety disorder looks like, so we can better assess our own symptoms and determine whether or not we should seek the assistance of a mental health counselor. The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition), describes Social Anxiety Disorder as follows:
Marked fear or anxiety about one or more social situations in which the individual is exposed to possible scrutiny by others. Examples include social interactions (e.g. – having a conversation, meeting unfamiliar people), being observed (e.g. – eating or drinking), and performing in front of other (e.g. – giving a speech).
Note: in children, the anxiety must occur in pure settings and not just during interactions with adults.
The individual fears that he or she will act in a way or show anxiety symptoms that will be negatively evaluated (i.e.- will be humiliating or ...Read More