Less than half the people who have an anxiety disorder don’t receive treatment, so the symptoms of such a disorder are then normalized in our society. Many people aren’t even aware of the signs of anxiety disorders because all their life they were told that it is simply a trait of their personality.
Once you become familiar with the symptoms associated with an anxiety disorder, you’ll know whether or not you need to take the next step to see a doctor.
Keep in mind that an anxiety disorder will start off small and then begin to grow into other areas of your life. Eventually, your anxiety will be the dominant way you interpret the world.
Continue reading for a brief look at anxiety disorders and why treatment is the most effective route to take.
That jittery feeling you get before you do something major like take a test or are about to perform is normal and healthy. However, when that feeling begins to impact your ability to participate in your day to day activities, then there's a strong possibility that you're dealing with an anxiety disorder.
The difference between your normal anxious feelings and an anxiety disorder is that the disorder involves an excessive amount of fear or anxiety towards a situation. The stress that comes from an anxiety disorder will disrupt your ability to live normally.
Anxiety disorders are more common than you would think. In America alone, national prevalence data has found out that almost 40 million people who are about 18% of the population will have to endure an anxiety disorder each year.
Out of the millions that have anxiety disorders, only one-third of them will seek out and receive treatment. A majority of anxiety disorders are treatable, so it's a shame to find out that individuals are not receiving the treatment they need so living a fulfilling life is possible.
Showing an excessive amount of anxiety over things such as social situations, personal wellness, work or anything in your daily routine can be classified as a General Anxiety Disorder.
The worry can be a daily occurrence that flares up for a minimum of six months. Usually, issues with school, work, or your social life goes hand in hand with this severe anxiety disorder.
Over six million people in America have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, otherwise known as GAD. This consists of 3 percent of the population, but only less than 45 percent are going through treatment, which shows how much of a problem GAD actually is.
The anxiety symptoms in women for GAD tend to be more severe, and it comes as no surprise since women are two times more likely to be affected by GAD than men. More often than not, people with GAD also show signs of major depression.
The physical symptoms of GAD will take a toll on a person. Imagine having to deal with muscle tension, nausea, headache, or trembling every time you had to complete a task that seems trivial to outsiders but means that world to you.
Due to genetic and other biological factors, you may develop a panic disorder, which is one of the many types of anxiety disorders. A distinguishing symptom of a panic disorder is when you have recurring panic attacks that come in unexpected times.
A panic attack is random periods of severe fear that come quickly and can reach its climax in a matter of minutes.
You can never truly know when an attack might strike. As you age, you can pinpoint triggers that cause the panic attack, which may come in the form of an object or a situation that left you traumatized in the past.
Individuals who worry about when their next panic attack will occur, which plays a role in that person developing other anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia.
A person who has a phobia will express intense anxiety about a particular situation or object. There is a wide range of phobias, but the one being discussed today has to do with agoraphobia.
The National Institute of Mental Health released data that states in the past year about 0.9 percent of the adults in the US was diagnosed with agoraphobia. About 0.9 percent of the individuals were female while 0.8 percent were male.
Agoraphobia has to do with fears of being in a situation that will prove to be challenging to excuse yourself from. When you already have a panic disorder, the fear you'll experience will be drastically out of proportion to the event you're stressing over.
This fear will last you about six months or possibly more, and will negatively impact your ability to function like a normal human.
As you can see, most anxiety disorders share similar psychological and physical symptoms. These symptoms function as a cue to draw awareness to the fact that something around you is a threat and you need to address it.
Your body is engaged in a fight or flight response, in which the brain releases the necessary signals to force your body into releasing certain stress hormones.
An immediate physical reaction takes hold, as a result of the hormone release, in order to prepare your muscles for dealing with the threat and whether you wish to fight or flee from it.
Without this system, humans wouldn't have survived as long as they did. However, those with anxiety disorders have this fight or flight reaction operate in overdrive. Having this system constantly operate with no threat around means that it is doing your body more harm than good.
Ultimately, it will prevent you from doing simple tasks with ease.
Anxiety is the result of irregular chemical activity in your brain. This is a concept that many people simply can’t grasp their head around, so they don’t end up acknowledging the problem and chalk it up to an anxiety disorder being a defining character trait.
Figuring out whether you have mild or severe anxiety is crucial because you can find out a proper treatment plan early on. If you ignore your anxiety symptoms when they are mild, you risk the chance of it developing to severe anxiety later on in life.
Sometimes chronic anxiety can be mild at first, but can gradually become much more than a daily nuisance. It’ll come to a point where you don’t want to get out of bed to interact with anyone.
As a rule of thumb, if you notice your anxiety preventing you from completing a task, then you need help. You need to get the idea that ignoring the anxiety will make it disappear out of your head.
You shouldn’t feel helpless for having an anxiety disorder. Your life is defined by how you react to situations, so don’t let this one wear you down. You should start by doing yourself a favor and seek treatment for the anxiety disorder. Sometimes simple breathing exercises can do the trick.