Anxiety disorder is a term that represents a cluster of disorders that all have one same component which is fear.
Types of Anxiety Disorders:
• Social Phobia
• Specific Phobia
• Panic Disorder without Agoraphobia
• Agoraphobia without History of Panic Disorder
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
• Acute Stress Disorder
• Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder
• Anxiety Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
• Anxiety Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
Information on anxiety disorder symptoms is difficult to summarize however here we will number the most common symptoms of anxiety disorder. Symptoms can be classified in four groups: behavioral, cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms of anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
• Chests pain
• Dry mouth
• Abdominal pain
• Muscle tension
• Panic attack
• Waking up in a panic attack
• Los of interest in sex
• Recurrent or obsessive thoughts
• Thoughts of death or suicide
• Tendency to predict the worst
• Constant negative thinking
• Fear of going crazy
• Feeling agitated
• Feeling tension
• Dramatic mood swings
• Fear of passing out
• Lack of patience
• An uneasy feeling
• Fear of death
• Emotional numbness
Information on anxiety disorder signs is also difficult to summarize. This is why numbering anxiety signs is the only sufficient method for quick overview. Here we will number only the most common and somewhat “obvious” sign of anxiety.
Signs of Anxiety disorder
• Excessive arguing
• Skin picking
• Mood swings
• Becoming pale in specific (social) situations
• Nail biting
• Excessive crying
• Change in eating pattern
• Vomiting in specific situations
• Excessive Scratching
• Sweating a lot in social situations
The important thing to note is that even though you may recognize certain symptoms or signs in yourself or your loved one that doesn’t automatically mean that you or your loved one suffers from anxiety disorder. The diagnosis can be done only by a health care professional and nobody else because there are many factors that need to be taken in consideration.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorder is treated with psychotherapy alone or combined with anxiety medication or natural supplements. Psychotherapy is the place where your causes of anxiety disorder are identified and worked on and where the real healing process takes place. In psychotherapy you are educated about your disorder and provided with all the useful information on anxiety disorder as well as coping tools.
Anxiety medication is not necessary in many cases. However there are cases where they should be used in order to reduce individual’s symptoms so that he or she is able to participate in psychotherapy and confront, together with the psychotherapist, his or her disorder.
Natural supplements can be used as substitute for anxiety medication. However for this to happen it is necessary that they are prescribed by your therapist and not taken on your own. In order for natural supplements and especially anxiety medication to be effective you need to be under the health care professional’s supervision and in psychotherapy.
Unfortunately there is a lot of information on anxiety disorder self-medication and there is only one conclusion that can be drawn from it: do not self-medicate. If you self-medicate you are putting yourself at great risk from getting even worse and prolonging and deepening your suffering.
If you want to beat and overcome your anxiety disorder you need to confront it in the appropriate way which is in psychotherapy and work hard on getting better and staying that way.