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Anxiety Disorder Treatment Center

What is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is a normal emotion. Most of us feel nervous when faced with an unknown situation or when we are faced with a problem. Anxiety disorder is different, though; it can cause severe afflictions that can hinder you from living your life normally.

“Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you; it gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room. The only one you can hear.” - Unknown

This is a very serious mental disorder that causes many worries and fears. They can be very overwhelming and will cause so much hindrance that you cannot live normally. There are different types of anxiety disorder; among them are some of the following:

  • Specific Phobias – These can be an extreme fear of a specific object or situation. The level of fear you experience can be unsuitable to the object or situation. This ultimately causes you to avoid such things.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder – This involves an overwhelming fear and self-consciousness in social situations. The worries often focus on being judged by others or fear of being embarrassed or taunted for a certain behavior.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder – This is an exaggerated and unrealistic worry about a certain situation even if there is little or nothing to aggravate anxiety.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – People with OCD suffer from undesirable obsessions or compulsions which can be uncontrollable. These compulsions are often done to prevent obsessive thoughts. If OCD is left untreated, it can take over a patient’s life, controlling his thoughts and actions.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD is often the effect of going through an emotional experience without feeling better after days or months. This leaves you feeling worried, helpless, shameful, or guilty. PTSD can be the effects of going through a life-threatening experience like sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, exposure to war, or an accident.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder

Generally, the symptoms depend on the object or situation you are anxious about. They may include:

  • Uneasiness
  • Sleeping problems
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweaty hands
  • Muscle tension

Causes of Anxiety Disorder

There is no explicit, scientifically-proven cause for anxiety disorder; however, anxiety disorder is not caused by personal vulnerability, poor nurturing, or any character flaw. As researchers continue their studies on mental illnesses, it is apparent that many of these mental illnesses are caused by a mixture of internal and external factors including:

  • Brain Chemicals – Comparable to other mental disorders, anxiety disorders can be caused by complications in the brain function as well as the chemical composition of the brain. Generally, the brain in involved with the regulation of fear and other emotions. Research has also shown that severe stress can alter the way nerve cells relay information from one region of the brain to another, and that people with anxiety disorder have altered brain structures that take over the memories linked to strong emotions.
  • Environmental Factors – Environmental factors, like trauma or any other important event, play an important role to trigger anxiety disorder to some people. These people have been handed down susceptibility to progress to anxiety disorder.

Importance of Treatment for Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are treatable. Many people who have sought help to remove anxiety disorder have learned to cope with the symptoms of the disorder. Although treatment varies from person to person, people normally respond positively given the appropriate therapy. However, they can be complicated for people who develop depression, substance abuse, and any other co-existing complications; call His House to find out more and get help for yourself or a loved one today.

“Don’t lose yourself in your fear.” - Unknown

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