What Are You Anxious About?

Anxiety disorders affect about 19 million adults in the United States every year.   There are many forms of anxiety disorders that we see.  There are panic attacks, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), PSTD (post traumatic stress disorder), social anxieties, various specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.

These disorders usually begin developing in individuals at an early age.  Many people develop them in early childhood years or young adult years.  Often times these disorders can be so debilitating it can affect the overall health of the individual.

Let’s take a quick look at the common anxiety disorders and see what can be done about them.

Panic disorder:  This is a feeling of terror that occurs suddenly and without cause.  People suffering from this can experience sweating, rapid or irregular heartbeats, or feelings of going crazy.

Specific Phobias:  This can be anything from snakes, to heights, traveling, or riding in a car.  The fear becomes so extreme; it prevents the person from performing routine tasks.

OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder): This is a disorder which causes someone to perform a certain routine over and over for fear of something going wrong.  An example would be someone constantly checking a locked door over and over and over and over.  Fear is the motivator of this disorder.

PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder):  This occurs have a traumatic event has happened to a person.  They have lingering fears of the same thing happening again and again.  They are not able to get past the traumatic event that occurred to them.

General Anxiety:  This is excessive or unrealistic fears that are not provoked any event or circumstance.   A paralyzing fear that something is wrong or is going to be wrong.

Social Anxiety: This is a generalized fear of social situations where the individual is afraid of being ridiculed or being judged by others.

There are many symptoms that are associated with these disorders.  Many include: loss of sleep, shortness of breath, cold sweat, uncontrollable obsessive thoughts, dizziness, nausea, and feeling of fear or panic among others.  If you have these symptoms it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an anxiety disorder.

Because there are no specific physical tests to diagnose these disorders, it’s important to see a healthcare professional for an evaluation to determine if you might be suffering from one of these maladies.

If it’s determined that you suffer from one of these problems, there are many forms of treatment that can be administered.  Those include medication, counseling, relaxation therapy, and dietary and lifestyle change.

If you think you might be having some sort of anxiety problem, feel free call our office for an appointment or book online.

Here’s To Your Health!

Dr. K Bennett