Anxiety Disorder Treatment Centers
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For eighteen percent of the population, anxiety has become a part of their everyday life. Unfortunately, for these people, their anxiety is not temporary and can be triggered by having to make the smallest decision. This disorder controls their life and keeps their anxiety perpetually flowing, because of the fear constant fear of the inevitability of having to make a hard choice.
There are many cases where individuals experiencing this disorder attempt to remedy their situation by self-medication and or abusing substances. This typically leads to an addiction and exacerbates the individual’s anxiety disorder. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are those living a painful life because they believe their situation can get better if they just ignore it and avoid treatment. The issue with individual’s trying to handle their situation alone is, they may never discover the possible co-occurring conditions they have, which may be affected and or causing their anxiety. It is important to identify these conditions; if they are left untreated, they will impede the individual’s recovery, and will continue to exacerbate the condition. Because there are different types of anxiety disorders, each patient must be individually assessed, and have a special treatment plan crafted.
What is anxiety disorder?
Eighteen percent of the nation’s population are affected by an anxiety disorder, making it one of the most prevalent mental health disorders. The three different types of anxiety disorders are panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. As well as having three types, anxiety disorder also has two other disorders closely related to it, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) , and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
An individual with Panic Disorder is typically classified as an individual who frequently experiences panic attacks. With panic attacks being the main characteristic of Panic Disorder, individuals afflicted with the disorder are in constant fear of their next attack. Panic attacks are described as a period when the individual is debilitated by a crippling fear. Symptoms of a panic attack include chest pain, numb or tingling hands, breathing problems, rapid heartbeat, hot flashes, cold flashes, weakness, sweating, and dizziness.
Social Anxiety Disorder
An individual who suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder is constantly under the impression that everyone around them is judging them. This disorder is also frequently referred to as social phobia disorder, and causes an almost debilitating fear in the afflicted individual. The effects of this disorder cause a significant amount of fear in the individual, mostly in social situations, but may exceed as a far as affecting every moment of an individual’s life.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
A person suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder is constantly worrying or in fear without having any reason for it. Sufferers of this disorder typically worry from prolonged periods about very small instances because they feel it might cause a giant situation. Unfortunately for them, they cannot stop worrying, and often find themselves losing sleep over these small issues. This disorder can be very disruptive to a person’s life if it is left untreated.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be developed after a person experiences great trauma, and is closely related to Anxiety Disorder. After the traumatic instance has passed PTSD victims suffer residual stress and anxiety from the event. Those afflicted with PTSD can experience so much stress when reminiscing about the event that it almost as if had just happened again. Unfortunately PTSD can last for many years, and commonly has many triggers. PTSD can be contracted after many traumatic experiences, but can also be contracted after a single traumatic experience. Frequently those who serve in the military contract PTSD.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) experience fear and anxiety when things aren’t done correctly, and often feel the need to repeatedly perform the same action. Those with OCD also experience the need to repeatedly check on the same thing, similar to a person who double check to make sure a door is locked, but different in the aspect that they check many more times than one. The is related to Anxiety Disorder because, anxiety is a symptom they experience if they are unable to continue with their compulsive rituals. Those suffering from OCD may also experience anxiety between performing their rituals. Many of those who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have rituals that control their life and affect their relationships, work, and daily activities. Many of the rituals are done as a preventive measures, and only bring temporary stress relief, before having to be completed again.
What are the Symptoms?
There are many symptoms of anxiety disorder, including: muscle tension, numbness, hot flashes, cold flashes, shortness of breath, dizziness, abnormal routine, dry mouth, nausea, nightmares, accelerated heartbeat, numb or tingling hands, and obsessive thoughts.
What are the causes?
The causes of Anxiety Disorder can be different for each individual, but it is thought that the causes can be attributed to three main factors; environment, life experiences, and genetics. An individual is much more likely to experience Anxiety Disorder if a family member is already experiencing the disorder.