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About Anxiety Disorders

About Anxiety Disorders

There are many different types of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders are a type of mental illness. The different types of anxiety disorders include different types of phobias, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and even obsessive compulsive disorder. Everyone has some type of anxiety in their lifetime whether they are getting ready for a big test, going to a new school or job or before making a really important decision. However, anxiety disorders are not just one time things; they are real mental illnesses that can actually be debilitating to them. They can cause a person to stay home and avoid social situations, avoid other people and even avoid certain items that scare them.

Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Although symptoms of this mental disorder can vary from the different types, the general symptoms include fear, uneasiness, a feeling of panic, rapid heartbeat when faced with their fear, nightmares, sleeping problems, a repeated act such as washing their hands over and over again, clammy and cold hands and feet, a shortness of breath, not being able to stand or sit still for long periods of time and even nausea and dizziness. If you have any of these symptoms that last longer than they should when faced with a fear then you may have an anxiety disorder and will need to speak to a doctor immediately.

Causes of Anxiety Disorders

Although the exact cause of this disorder is not yet known, many scientific research studies are finding that they might be caused by stress factors and chemical changes in the brain. Some people can be fine until they hit their early twenties and then start to feel the symptoms. This is especially truthful to those who have a family member who has an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders affect more than 19 million American adults.

Treatments for Anxiety Disorders

Treatments include medications such as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs and therapy. There are many different types of these prescription drugs on the market today that will help people with their anxiety disorder. The patient will have to tell the doctor all of their symptoms so they can prescribe the right medication. The doctor may try several different medications before finding the right one for the patient. A combination of therapy and medications will help relieve the symptoms of anxiety disorders. If you think you suffer from any of the anxiety disorders mentioned, you should get help as soon as possible to help relieve the symptoms and allow you to live a normal life.
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