Anxiety Disorder: Be In Control Of Your Emotions

anxiety disorder
Anxiety disorder is a mental health ailment that causes an apprehension of danger and dread accompanied by restless, tension, tachycardia and dyspnea unattached to a clearly identifiable stimulus. A person with anxiety disorders frequently experience an intense, excessive and persistent worry about his/her everyday situations. Often times, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).

Types of anxiety disorder
Anxiety disorders include

Panic disorder and adult panic anxiety syndrome, in which a person experiences episodes of crippling sense of terror and panic called panic attacks.

Obsessive compulsive disorder which is marked by obsessive thought that cause anxiety. People with obsessive compulsive disorder try to reduce their anxieties through ritual and repeated behaviours.

Generalized anxiety disorder manifests as excessive worry and anxiety that is out of proportion to the actual sitiuations.

Post traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a traumatizing event and is characterized by flashbacks of the terrifying event.

Social anxiety disorders is a persistent fear of social situations.

Phobias are anxiety disoder that are due to an excessive, irrational fear of certain objects or situations.

Anxiety and anxiety disorders can also be a symptom of, or coexist with, a wide range of medical and mental health conditions, such as drug addiction, Alzheimer's disease, hyperthyroidism, hypertension, psychosis, and hypoxia. Anxiety disorder can manifest in one's mood, behaviour, thoughts and emotions.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorder?
Symptoms of anxiety run the gamut from almost unnoticeable, such as:

Mild elevation in heart rate to so extreme that they can interfere with the activities of daily living.
the symptoms of anxiety are related to a physiological human reaction called the fright, fight or flight response. This reaction developed in early human evolution as a means to increase alertness and readiness to react to dangerous stressors, such as the threat of man-eating predator.

When confronted with stress, such as danger, the body's nervous system reacts by releasing the chemical epinephrine, also known as adrenalin. Epinephrine produces effects that make our body's better able to physically "fight or take flight" from danger. These include increasing the breathing and heart rate so the muscles get the extra energy and oxygen they need to work hard.

In today's world people most often experience ce stressors that cannot be addressed effectively by fighting or running away such as balancing finances on  a tight budget, cramming for a test, going through a divorce, or  running late for an important appointment.

However, epinephrine still circulates through the body in response to these types of stressors. Large amounts of epinephrine can result in symptoms such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain. When physical symptoms such as these are experienced, it is very important not to assume they are due to anxiety. Seek proffesional medical care immediately.

What causes anxiety disorder?
Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions that could possibly cause Anxiety disorders:

Genetic predisposition.

Biochemical makeup- brain chemical imbalnce may increase the anxiety response.

Personality traits.

Stressful situations e.g. exams, imminent work deadlines.

Family problems.


What are treatments for anxiety disorder?
Treatment  of anxiety disorder varies depending on the specific anxiety disoder, the severity, and a person's medical history, age, and general health. The first step is to diagnose and treat any possible medical conditions, such as hyperthydroidism and hypoxia, which can worsen or trigger symptoms or mimic anxiety disorders.

- Anxiety disorder can often be successfully treated with a multifaceted plan that includes psychotherapy, sometimes known as "talk therapy".  In psychotherapy, a psychotherapist builds a relationship with a client, establishing trust and helping the client address anxiety disorders through such techniques as communication and cognitive-behaviour therapy.

- Psychotherapy is often combined with medications, such as anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications. There are many ways to reduce, even eliminate the symptoms of anxiety. The most effective strategy is to address anxiety in a variety of ways. Taking inventory of stressors and developing strategies to eliminate or reduce them is an important approach. This may include making a list of stressors and grading them from most stressful to least stressful, then developing simple ways to minimize what you can.

- Exercise is a well accepted way to reduce stress and anxiety and great way to blow off steam.  Deep breathing exercises and such disciplines as yoga and tai chi help to induce a calm state and clear the mind of anxious thought.

- For some people an hour of carefree window shopping, a spa treatment, or watching the game with buddies, are great ways to slow down and reduce anxiety. The most important thing is to recognize what helps you as individual to reduce anxiety and to ensure that you incorporate it regularly into your life.

Ways on how you can prevent anxiety disorder

healthy lifestyle

The underlisted steps are ways on how you can moderate anxious emotions:

1. No or little consumption of caffienated drinks.

2. Get the approval of your doctor before using any herbal remedies, to test for any chemicals that may worsen one's anxiety symptoms.

3. Healthy diet.

4. Make sure you get enough rest and sleep.

5. Quit unhealthy lifestyle e.g. Avoid alcohol, cannabis, and other recreational drugs.

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