Women are twice as likely than men to be affected by Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
Social anxiety disorder affects 15 million U.S. Adults.
Anxiety disorders develop from risk factors such as genetics, brain chemistry and life events.
Anxiety disorders can interfere with job performance, school work and reltationships.
Anxiety can cause both physical and emotional symptoms such as chronic fatigue, nausea and irritability.
There are three main types of anxiety disorders that are common in the population.
Excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason. Anxiety and worries can be about a range of things from personal health, to work, to social interactions or everyday life.
People with panic disorders suffer recurring, unexpected panic attacks, a panic attack is sudden period of intense fear that comes on quickly. Symptoms of panic attack may entail sweating, shortness of breath, chest pain, trembling and heart palpitations.
This is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations, due to a fear of being negatively evaluated, which may result in avoiding social situations.
There are many potential causes for anxiety disorders, but these are the three most common:
Studies show that anxiety can be hereditary or passed between family members.
Some research suggest anxiety disorders may be linked to malfunctioning circuits in the brain that control fear and emotions.
Living through stressful or traumatic events can increase risk for anxiety disorders.
Some people find that medications are an effective way to treat anxiety disorders. Medications can be used to provide short-term relief from symptoms, or to manage an anxiety disorder over the long term.
Anti-Anxiety Medications – Certain medications can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, or extreme fear and worry. However, these medications should only be used for a short period of time, as they can pose a risk for dependency. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of these medications.
Antidepressants – Some medications, such as SSRIs, can also be used to treat anxiety disorders. This is especially helpful for people who also experience depression.
Alternative methods, such as stress and relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, yoga, and physical exercise can help improve mental health. These methods can be used in addition to therapy and medication.