Anxiety Disorders – an overview
Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, worry, or unease that is a normal human experience. Anxiety is a normal response to a threat or to psychologic stress. Normal anxiety has its root in fear and serves an important survival function. When someone is faced with a dangerous situation, anxiety triggers the fight-or-flight response. With this response, a variety of physical changes, such as increased blood flow to the heart and muscles, provide the body with the necessary energy and strength to deal with life-threatening situations, such as running from an aggressive animal or fighting off an attacker.
However, anxiety is considered a disorder when it
- Occurs at inappropriate times
- Occurs frequently again and again
- Is so intense and long-lasting that it interferes with your normal activities
Anxiety disorders are more common than any other category of mental health disorder. Significant anxiety can persist for years and begin to feel normal. Hence is often not diagnosed or treated. In addition to anxiety, people often also have varied physical symptoms. Anxiety disorders often substantially change your daily behaviour. You may start to avoid certain things, places and situations.
Anxiety disorders are diagnosed using specific established criteria.
Whatever form of anxiety you have, treatment can help.
Anxiety disorders include
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic attacks and panic disorder
- Specific phobic disorders
The mental distress that occurs immediately or shortly after experiencing or witnessing an overwhelming traumatic event is no longer classified as an anxiety disorder. Such disorders are now classified as trauma and stressor-related disorders and include acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Our individuality or uniqueness as a person, which is influenced by our upbringing and life situations, is the reason why some people experience anxiety more than others.
Do you know …
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder.
It affects about 301, 000, 000 people worldwide.
People with an anxiety disorder are twice more likely to have depression than others.
Common Signs and Symptoms of anxiety disorders
Anxiety can arise suddenly, as in panic, or gradually over minutes, hours, or days. Anxiety can last for any length of time, from a few seconds to years. It ranges in intensity from barely noticeable qualms to a full-blown panic attack, which may cause shortness of breath, dizziness, an increased heart rate, and trembling (tremor).
Anxiety disorders can be so distressing and interfere so much with your life that they can lead to depression. People may develop a substance use disorder. People who have an anxiety disorder (except for certain very specific phobias, such as fear of spiders) are at least twice as likely to have depression as those without an anxiety disorder. Sometimes people with depression develop an anxiety disorder.
People with anxiety disorders often
- breathe rapidly (hyperventilation)
- sweat more
- shortness of breath
- trembling or tremor
- dizziness or black outs
- feel nervous, restless or tense
- continuous sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- increased heart rate
- trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
Constant anxiety can prevent people from doing what they usually enjoy and starts to affect the body as well. They may develop various physical symptoms as well as unexplained pain. They may stop their activities, withdraw socially, and become preoccupied with health. The mind-body complex is now fully affected and becomes a vicious circle which keeps an individual in suffering mode.
Your worries may not go away on their own, and they may get worse over time if you don’t seek help. See your Homeopathic doctor before your anxiety gets worse. It’s quicker to treat if you get help early.
Complications of anxiety disorders
Having an anxiety disorder does more than make you worry. It can also lead to, or worsen, other mental and physical conditions. These problems develop gradually.
- Depression (which often occurs with an anxiety disorder) or other mental health disorders
- Develop sleep problems (Insomnia)
- Experience Digestive or Bowel problems
- Headaches and Chronic Pain may arise
- Constantly feel tired
- Excessive sleepy day and night (Hypersomnia)
- Become forgetful and lose focus
- Social Isolation and Loneliness
- Loss of appetite and/or taste for food
- Substance misuse
- Lose or Gain weight
- Decreased sex drive
- Problems functioning at school or work
- Poor quality of life and Years Lost to Disability
Prevention of anxiety disorders
There’s no way to predict for certain what will cause someone to develop an anxiety disorder, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of symptoms if you’re anxious:
Get help early
Anxiety, like many other mental health conditions, can be harder to treat if you wait.
Participate in activities that you enjoy and that make you feel good about yourself. Enjoy social interaction and caring relationships, which can lessen your worries.
Avoid alcohol or drug use
Alcohol and drug use can cause or worsen anxiety. If you’re addicted to any of these substances, quitting can make you anxious. If you can’t quit on your own, we are here to support and help you.
Stick to your treatment plan
Timely follow-ups are essential to keep moving forward towards the goal of treatment. It helps to manage, identify, and overcome any obstacles to the outcome. Take medications as directed. Consistency can make a big difference!
Outlook of treatment at HomoeopathyOne
With Individualised Homeopathic treatment focused on value based outcomes, here’s what your experience looks like:
- Relieves anxiety
- Boosts metabolism
- Improves sleep
- Improves activity
- Relieves fatigue
- Restores function
- Better moods
- Improves quality of life
Each person is unique and hence the time taken for treatment and the results achieved are also unique.
Try to consult a well qualified professional Homeopath who practices adhering to the tenets of Hahnemannian Homeopathy for Best Outcomes.