Anxiety is a very normal, very common thing. It is how the body reacts to stress. Anxiety can help people cope with difficulties that arise in their lives such as with work or school. Anxiety will force the person to cope with the situation and to deal with it. However, excessive anxiety is a problem and is known as anxiety disorder. With anxiety disorder, a person panics about situations and is overwhelmed with feelings of overwhelming stress that they are not able to effectively deal with.
What are the Symptoms
There are many symptoms that can be associated with anxiety disorder. Some of the most common symptoms related to anxiety disorder include fatigue, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, stomach pains, shortness of breath, and headaches.
Panic attacks are a symptom that is seen quite often in those that suffer from anxiety. Panic attacks come on suddenly and there is often no warning. The fear that is associated with a panic attack is most often irrational. That being said, it is also true that the fear and perceived danger that the person suffering the attack has is very real. A person that is suffering a panic attack often feels like they are going to pass out or die. Oftentimes, panic attacks are mistaken for heart attacks.
What is That Emotion
There are many emotional symptoms that go hand in hand with the physical symptoms of anxiety. Sufferers may experience feelings of dread or apprehension. They may have difficulty concentrating. They may be very tense and jumpy. They may be irritable, anticipate the worst, be restless, constantly watch and wait for signs of danger, and may often feel like their mind is empty and blank. Many people that are suffering the effects of anxiety will have nightmares, obsess about sensations that they feel, feel like they are trapped in their mind, and fear everything.
Fear is the most common symptom of anxiety!
Most doctors prescribed medications like anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs as short-term treatments for anxiety. Medications are recommended among patients suffering from this condition as they act as supplementary treatments once other types of therapies are taken. However, anxiety drugs and medications may become addictive when abused.
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
One very effective form of anxiety treatment is the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT. This treatment aims to change the behavior and cognition patterns of a person suffering from severe case of anxiety.
3. Anxiety Support Group
Anxiety isn't necessarily something that you will have to deal with your whole life, but it can take years to get over. Support groups have the advantage of giving you a community of people suffering from the same condition to talk to. You can give each other helpful tips, be there to lean on when things get tough, and even network with each other.
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Basically, a person who is experiencing intense feelings of anxiety and worry for more than six months is most likely suffering from a severe type of anxiety disorder.
Apart from these common treatments that are recommended by physicians, there are other forms of treatments that people can try as means to stop anxiety attacks. Treating anxiety does not necessarily require one to spend a lot of money on medications and expensive treatments. As such, below are a couple of self-help tips that can aid one in managing and coping with anxiety and stress:
1. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet
Eating right is probably one of the simplest and the most rewarding ways to cope and manage anxiety attacks. This not only keeps the body fit and healthy, but it also helps reduce and control stress.
2. Eliminating caffeine
Since caffeine is known to trigger tension and anxiety, avoiding too much coffee or soda consumption can really decrease one’s susceptibility to experience anxiety, sudden panic attacks, as well as mood swings.
3. Practicing different kinds of relaxing techniques
Patients diagnosed with anxiety disorder are oftentimes advised by doctors or health practitioners to try practicing different types of relaxing techniques such as yoga, controlled breathing, and guided imagery. These modes of relaxation really help in reducing stress and anxiety.
Many people suffering from anxiety disorders prefer to adapt meditation methods like walking meditation and transcendental meditation in their everyday activities.
The thing to remember is that if you suffer from anxiety or full-blown anxiety attacks, you have great traditional as well as holistic remedies and solutions to consider. However, in severe cases, remember a visit with your doctor may be needed, whether for prescription medication or perhaps some counseling to help you through the challenges of anxiety.
Fortunately for those who are suffering from anxiety disorders, these forms of health condition are highly treatable.