What are some of the types of anxiety disorders?
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorder, Panic Attacks, Anxiety Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Specific phobias
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Separation Anxiety
If you are struggling with anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental health concern in the US affecting about 18.1% of the population every year.
Most people have experienced anxiety at some time in their lives. Like before a test or public speaking. That is a pretty normal reaction to a stressful situation. When worry and anxiety negatively affect your daily life, health, and wellbeing or your relationships or work, it is a good the time to reach out to get some help and find some healthy and long-lasting solutions.
Symptoms of anxiety can include some of the following– remember, everyone is different so anxiety can be experienced differently for different people.
- feelings of fear, danger, panic, or dread – this can be felt in your chest or stomach or just a ‘sense’ that you can’t shake and can’t get out of your mind.
- Being nervous, tense or restless – needing to move around or needing to be very still in order to decrease the anxiety. Difficulty relaxing.
- Sleep troubles include insomnia, waking abruptly in sleep, racing thoughts keeping you awake, restless sleep
- Difficulty thinking about or reading about anything other than what is causing you anxiety or you are worried about.
- A strong desire to avoid the things that trigger your anxiety
- Physical symptoms may include: increased sweating, trembling, feeling chilled, increased heart rate or hyperventilating or digestive symptoms.
- Obsessions about certain ideas and/or compulsions (like checking the door lock a certain number of times)
- Hypervigilance- being acutely aware of all going on around and ready to react to danger
- Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past
How often have you worked with anxiety disorders?
I have worked with many people with Anxiety Disorders and other mental health concerns for almost 30 years! That long term clinical experience has led me to become very successful at helping most people.
What are the causes of anxiety?
There is research supporting the idea of multi-factorial underlying causes for anxiety. Genetics is important, as is nutrition, hormonal, neurological, medication side effects, environmental factors, history of trauma or other adverse life events, and more.
What are other other health conditions commonly seen with anxiety?
Depression is common in conjunction with anxiety.
Chronic diseases such as autoimmune conditions
Other mental health conditions