Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is recognized as one of the most common and most treatable mental health disorders – affecting over 40 million adults in the United States. Anxiety disorders encompass a broad category of specific disorders that include:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Specific Phobias

Anxiety suffers often feel like their lives are spiraling out of control. Untreated anxiety impacts both physical and mental wellbeing. Common anxiety symptoms are:

  • Feeling nervous
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Feeling powerless
  • Increased heart rate and/or palpitations
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Numbness or tingling in body
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Feeling spacy or dizzy, sensations of “unrealness”
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking of anything other than worry thoughts

Successful treatment for anxiety includes psychotherapy and medication. Mindfulness and meditation have also been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms.

Resources:

http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety