Daily life can be stressful, and a certain amount of anxiety is normal. However, anxiety disorders are much more serious than normal worries about finances, relationships, or work. For those with anxiety disorders, the feeling of anxiety is persistent, often increasing over time. This can have a significant impact on daily life, negatively affecting job performance and relationships. Getting treatment from a reputable recovery center like 449 Recovery is essential.
The consistent feeling of anxiety and worry can be uncomfortable and crippling, impacting those experiencing it and their loved ones. Anxiety disorders are very common. About one-third of all people will suffer from some debilitating anxiety in their life. There are different types of anxiety disorders; they include the following:
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a consistent feeling of dread or anxiety for months or years that interferes with life. While it is normal to feel some sense of restlessness, GAD is debilitating due to the ongoing and intense feelings of anxiety. Symptoms of GAD include:
- Feeling restless or wound up
- Difficulties focusing
- Feeling easily fatigued
- Having pain that can include headaches, muscles aches, or stomach aches
- Having difficulty falling or staying asleep
Symptoms can vary in severity. It is important to see a licensed professional if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one.
A panic attack is a sudden, intense feeling of paralyzing fear. Those with panic disorder experience frequent and unexpected panic attacks. Not everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop a panic disorder. Symptoms of a panic attack may feel like some of the following:
- Pounding and/or racing heart
- Chest pain
- Feelings of doom
- Sense of not being in control
Panic attacks are very uncomfortable and, for those with panic disorder, it can be terrifying to not know when the next one will happen. Some may have multiple panic attacks per day, while others may only have a few a year.
It is typical to feel discomfort in new social settings. However, those with social anxiety disorder feel a huge amount of anxiety in social settings. These feelings can get so intense that to cope, individuals may avoid socializing. Symptoms of social anxiety disorder may include:
- Racing or pounding heart
- Blushing or sweating
- Stomach ache
- Feeling judged by others or self-conscious
- Difficulty making eye contact
- Rigidness when speaking to those they don’t know well
- Soft-spoken voice
It is normal to feel some sense of discomfort in new social situations, but social anxiety disorder is different. Social anxiety disorder is persistent and intense feelings of anxiety in social situations can inhibit a person’s ability to function normally.
A phobia is an intense feeling of fear due to a situation or item. Symptoms can include:
- Uncontrollable worry or fear about an object or situation
- Avoiding certain objects or situations
- Immediate and deep feelings of anxiety after being around a situation or object
- Having anxiety over an object or situation without any way to change it
There are multiple kinds of phobias that include fear of certain spaces, animals, objects, or situations. However, all phobias can greatly affect someone’s life by being unable to control a feeling of panic.
People with separation anxiety disorder fear being separated from another person or people to whom they are attached. There is commonly a feeling of anxiety about something bad happening to their loved one while separated. This can lead to avoiding being separated from those they are attached to, which can create issues with work and relationships.
While this is often considered a problem for children, adults can also be diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder. Children and adults can feel physical symptoms as a result of separation anxiety.
Anxiety is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There are different types of anxiety, but there are some common risk factors for anxiety in general. They include:
- Discomfort in new situations, especially as a child
- Being exposed to stress or negative events
- Family history of anxiety or other mental illness
Anxiety disorders can also be affected by:
- Physical health conditions including issues with the thyroid or heart rhythm
- Caffeine or other medications that impact mood and energy
There are a variety of reasons why someone can be affected by an anxiety disorder. For some, a combination of family history, trauma, and/or medication can create or exacerbate issues with anxiety. Regardless, anxiety is a common and serious mental health condition, and it must be treated at a trusted recovery facility.
Some may self-medicate to treat or manage their anxiety symptoms. Utilizing substances to change how they feel on a regular basis is dangerous and can lead to substance use disorder (SUD). Treatments at 449 Recovery include dual-diagnosis – the treatment of two mental health conditions at once. This can include anxiety and SUD. Options for treatment vary depending on each person, and finding the right treatment is very important.
Finding a treatment program you can trust is important to develop peace and healing from anxiety. At 449 Recovery, we utilize evidence-based practices tailored to the client’s individualized needs and symptoms.
Treatment may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma therapy, psychotherapy, family sculpting, and more. Anxiety can be treated, and we are here to help. You can trust us to help you discover treatment options that really work.
Anxiety is a serious mental disorder that is very common. At 449 Recovery, we offer treatment options to help you find freedom in your life. Call us today at (949) 435-7449 to find out more about how we can help you or your loved one.