Mental Health 

Knowing The Key Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

Anxiety is a rising problem in modern society–almost eighteen percent of people suffer from some sort of disorder or another. There are many different types of disorders, so you must therefore know the difference between them and if you actually demonstrate any anxiety disorder symptom. A most common, broad feeling of uncontrollable, unwarranted anxiety over nothing or an anxious obsession over one specific thing may be an anxiety disorder symptom.

Not every person who experiences anxiety has a disorder. Anxiety is a normal part of life and can push you to solve your problems with greater care. It is only when anxiety goes away from being ‘normal’ and starts being a normal part of your life that lowers its quality that you need to start asking yourself if it is a symptom of something greater.

A common anxiety disorder symptom revolves around counting, cleanliness, and obsession. This could be a sign of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. People suffering from this often feel the need to do something a very certain way or a number of times and can feel extremely anxious at the mere thought that they will not be able to do it. It is very ritualistic and many people suffer through it to some extent, especially as children. It has the potential to be self-cured by realizing when there is a problem and forcing yourself to unhinge or avoid these rituals.

Panic disorders have certain ‘attacks’ that people can use to identify the disorder. Some people can often sense it coming due to confusion, shaking, dizziness, or nausea. The attacks can come quickly but last for any length of time. They are often debilitating. They can be attacks over nothing or over one specific thing. These are often caused by stress in one’s life. Sometimes a few panic attacks from an outside source can lead a victim to getting panic attacks over the fear of getting panic attacks. For some sufferers it is handy to have medication always available so the victim knows if an attack comes, it can be controlled.

Social anxiety disorder is easier to figure out because of one’s extreme aversion to any sort of interaction. It also has very noticeable symptoms, including being tongue-tied, getting red-faced, or sweating. This disorder, just as with many phobias, can lead people to avoid human interaction when that is what they most need to get desensitized to other people.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the worst and involves one of the most complicated recovery steps. The worst part about these disorders are the flashbacks, taking a person back to the time of extreme hardship in his or her life. There is often violence or great fear associated with these traumas, including assault, rape, war, and abuse. The person can suffer any combination of or any one single anxiety disorder symptom.

Women tend to be the ones more affected, and these disorders tend to grow as people get older. Though children are not exempt and one must be very sensitive to clues a child is giving about a potential disorder, they are less likely to manifest a disorder–with the exception of separation anxiety, which nearly all children go through in an infant stage due to their sheer dependence on an adult. These disorders can often come in pairs or travel in packs, so to speak. It is therefore important that one fully understand the problem.

Treatment can be simple or complicated depending on the person and the problems in question. In some instances the most effective step is a combination of therapy and medication. It allows people to deal with the problem with a two-pronged assault. You must also learn the specific cause of your stress if possible, and try to reduce any outside forces that compound it. That may be easier said than done, but these things are often unhealthy relationships or unhappy jobs. Exercise can be an effective way to relieve stress and depressive states. Eating in a healthy manner, avoiding certain vices (like smoking or drinking), and getting ample sleep are other ways to help your anxiety improve.

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