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What are Anxiety Disorders?

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While anxiety is a part of life, anxiety disorders can be crippling if not dealt with properly.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in many different situations. From alerts you to possible danger to helping you focus on something important, anxiety is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong. But anxiety disorders differ from the normal anxiety feelings others may experience. But how do these disorders differ from the usual reactions? Let’s take a look at anxiety disorders and how they can be treated.

What are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental disorders and affect more than 25 million Americans. The term “anxiety” refers to the anticipation of a future concern and is associated with muscle tension and avoiding things. These disorders can cause people to attempt to avoid situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. Because of this avoidance, job performance, school work, and personal relationships are often affected. For a person to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, they must experience fear or anxiety for at least six months, be out of proportion to the situation or age inappropriate, and hinder their ability to function normally. There are several different types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorder, specific phobias, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder. Each of these disorders has different symptoms and causes, but they may be helped with proper diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

The first step of any formal diagnosis and treatment is to visit a doctor. Visiting a doctor will help to make sure there isn’t a physical problem that could be causing the symptoms of anxiety. Once physical problems have been ruled out, you should visit a mental health professional. While many people think there isn’t anything a doctor can do to help, that is simply a misconception. There are many different treatments that may be effective for your anxiety disorder. Many of these treatments may include a combination of psychotherapy and medications. Cognitive behavior therapy may also help a person to leave a different way of thinking, reacting, and behaving to help the patient feel less anxious. Along with these treatments, you will also learn about a number of coping mechanisms from your therapists. Things like stress management techniques, meditation, and even support groups can be helpful in learning how to deal with your anxiety. Anxiety disorders can be extremely difficult to deal with but with the right help from Family Service Foundation, you can live a full and healthy life. For more information on dealing with your anxiety disorders, call Family Service Foundation today!

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