What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a natural response your body has when stressed, increasing your breathing and heart rate, concentrating blood flow to your brain to prepare your body for an intense situation. It is normal to feel anxiety when faced with stressful situations such as a job interview, your first day of school, awaiting medical test results, etc. Anxiety that becomes excessive or persistent can have devastating effects on your physical and mental health. While everyone may experience anxiety on occasion, chronic anxiety can interfere with your quality of life.
Symptoms that may be caused by anxiety:
When anxiety is extreme, lasts for longer than six months, and interferes with daily life, that indicates an anxiety disorder. For someone with an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with them all the time, which could be intense and incapacitating. People suffering from an anxiety disorder may stop doing things they enjoy because of this debilitating fear. In extreme cases, they may not feel capable of doing every-day things, such as ride an elevator, cross a street, or even leave their home. Untreated anxiety could worsen over time.
Anxiety disorders can affect anyone at any age; they are the most common form of an emotional disorder. Anxiety is also a key characteristic of several different disorders.
The most common anxiety disorder are :
This is just a list of a few anxiety disorders; talk to your provider about your specific thoughts or feelings and they’ll help you figure out the best treatment option for you.
At Wholesome Psychiatry we focus on helping patients with anxiety disorder feel empowered and more in control. Wholesome Psychiatry expert treatment targets anxiety symptoms with psychopharmacology and therapy, which can rapidly restore the quality of life, in both professional and personal arenas, and lead to full remission of symptoms.