Anxiety can be referred to as a normal human emotion which can be felt by a person which triggers increased alertness, fear, and worry. Due to such worry the person may feel fast heartbeat and palpitations, may have rapid breathing, sweating, irritation and tiredness. It is considered to be a normal emotional reaction if it occurs very often but ,if the person starts feeling disproportionate levels of anxiety then it might be considered as medical disorder. Anxiety belongs to the category of mental health.
The development of this condition leads to a person feeling excessive fear, apprehension, worry, and nervousness. This disorder can alter the normal process of emotions, can raise blood pressure and thus resulting into physical symptoms like aggression, irritation, dissociation etc. Day to day living of a person gets affected if a person is suffering from the problem of severe anxiety. Anxiety disorder is very common among people of all the age groups around the world. Only 37 percent of the people suffering from the condition of anxiety receive treatment for the condition. There are various anxiety disorders from which a person might be suffering from.
Anxiety can be categorized into six sections:
A person might experience the following symptoms if he/she is suffering from the problem of anxiety disorder
These symptoms will be experienced on a more persistent level for a person suffering from severe anxiety disorder. The symptoms given above are felt by most of the people living around the world, but they choose to avoid these symptoms. Some people are of the belief that these are normal human emotions as they do not require any treatment.
Anxiety is a part of human genetics like any other emotion like happiness, sadness, or anger. Everyone at a certain point in their lives feels a little anxious. But frequent episodes of Anxiety can develop a case of Anxiety disorders. Constant episodes can lead to Anxiety disorder which can be considered a mental illness.
The cause because of which a person suffers from anxiety disorder can be complicated sometimes. Several causes might occur at once, while some causes might lead to other causes. Some of the possible causes of anxiety are given below
There are several ways by which a person can take precautions and reduce the risk of the anxiety disorder. It is important to remember that feeling anxiousness is a normal phenomenon. If a person experiences them it does not mean he/she is suffering from the problem of anxiety disorder. However, taking precaution can be very helpful. The precautions which must be followed by a person suffering from the problem of anxiety disorder are
A single test is not enough to diagnose the condition of anxiety. For diagnosing this condition it requires a very lengthy process of mental, psychological, and physical examinations. Some of the doctor may order blood or urine test for ruling out any medical condition that might be causing this problem. During the physical examination a doctor might look for symptoms like shaking, sweating, racing heart, chills, frequent urination, and twitching. The level of anxiety may be measured by the doctor through the following tests
At a certain level Anxiety is not considered a mental illness, rather it is known as a part of their genetic makeup. But after a certain level where it starts to damage your body, it is considered as a mental disorder that does not have any cure so far.
Even though the illness is incurable, the right treatment and medication can help you to lower down the intensity of your Anxiety.
Once a person is diagnosed with anxiety disorder then a doctor can explore a wide range of treatment options for a person. In some cases medical treatment is not necessary. Bringing some necessary changes to the lifestyle may be enough to alleviate the symptoms. For people suffering from moderate to severe cases medical treatment can help in overcoming the symptoms of the anxiety disorder. A treatment for anxiety can be done in two ways. The first way is through counseling and secondly through some medicines. For the treatment related to counseling a doctor may advise psychotherapy, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) or a combination of therapies.
There are various medications which a doctor may also prescribe for the management of anxiety like benzodiazepines, tricyclics, antidepressants, and beta-blockers.
Anxiety does not stay in a constant state, it comes and goes in an episode. It may feel like a roller coaster where sometimes you go on a sudden high level of Anxiety where it can consume you but on the other hand, you can be peaceful like you never feel anxious in your life.
If ignored the high episodes can get more frequent which can damage your internal system.
The best doctors for anxiety are psychiatrists. They have received specialised training in both identifying and treating mental health issues. Psychiatrists can easily diagnose anxiety and other similar conditions. They provide psychotherapy for the treatment of these conditions.
You should immediately consult your doctor if you cannot cope with the symptoms of anxiety and feel a need to talk to a therapist about your problems. Talk to a doctor if you have the following symptoms of anxiety:
The doctor can test or diagnose your anxiety on the basis of the following symptoms:
Even though Anxiety is considered a normal human emotion, prolonged and intense Anxiety episodes can lead to internal physical damages like:
As mentioned earlier Anxiety does not have any cure to date. But many mental health professionals believe that treating symptoms associated with Anxiety-like insomnia, headache, chest pain, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, etc. can ease out your Anxiety.
Other than that anti-Anxiety drugs like Benzodiazepines ( for short term use) and SSRI antidepressants ( for long term use) can slow down the hormonal secretion associated with Anxiety.
There are some natural ways through which anxiety can be managed. Making changes in the lifestyle can be a very effective way of reducing anxiety and stress. the majority of the natural remedies involve taking care of your body. Some of the natural remedies which can be used are
Not everyone knows that but some food products can also trigger your Anxiety, here is the list of food items that can trigger your Anxiety:
Summary: Anxiety is not considered a mental illness, rather it is known as a part of natural genetic makeup. But after a certain level where it starts to damage your body, it is considered as a mental disorder that does not have any cure so far.