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What are Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety disorders affect the mind body and spirit. Everyone has worries but anxiety disorders affect a persons life in a deeper way. This kind of anxiety can impact a persons ability to function and put a serious strain on their relationships. Anxiety disorders make it hard to enjoy life.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are different types of anxiety disorders. Generalized Anxiety Disorder: This is excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there's little or nothing to provoke the anxiety. Panic Disorder: People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Social Anxiety Disorder: involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule. Specific Phobias: These are intense fears of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause you to avoid common, everyday situations.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
- Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Problems sleeping
- Cold or sweaty hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Not being able to be still and calm
- Dry mouth
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Muscle tension
Treatments for Anxiety Disorders
Psychotherapy is one of the main treatments for anxiety and anxiety disorders. Psychotherapy helps a person build self awareness so that they can deal with their anxiety and have more peace of mind. Eventually, as awareness builds a person learns to take care of themselves in a way that lessens their symptoms. Psychotherapy fosters mindfulness and teaches specific mindfulness practices that ease anxiety. Insight and skill combine making it possible for people to regulate their anxiety in meaningful and sustainable ways.