Anxiety: A Disorder or Normal Reaction to Life?
your "anxiety" a serious disorder or just a normal reaction to the
stress of living? How can you know if you need professional help?
There is an Anxiety Checklist available for free.
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, anxiety is
the most common mental illness in America, with nearly 20% of the
adult population affected. Woman are twice as likely than men to
experience life disrupting general anxiety disorder or GAD.
When generalized anxiety disorder is professionally diagnosed, the
usual treatment involves antidepressants and anxiolytic agents used in
conjunction with other forms of therapy. However, in some people,
medication can stop working because the body begins to adapt to the
lower levels usually prescribed in the initial stages of treatment.
This can result in periods of clinical depression and can affect
general health. Doctors are challenged with finding the correct
balance of medication dosage and therapeutic treatment. It is
difficult as each person is an individual with individual needs.
There are many symptoms associated with anxiety, anxiety attacks,
panic attacks, anxiety disorders, stress disorders, sleep disorders,
and depression. And, because we are all unique, based upon physical
and mental history, the symptoms and their intensity will vary from
person to person.
If generalized anxiety disorder is particular severe, patients might
find themselves with a life that has been completely sidelined. In
this case, deep fears about money, work, and health overshadow
everything else. Before too long, a sufferer might find him or herself
unable to function in everyday activities.
Symptoms of anxiety attack include shortness of breath, chest
discomfort, dizziness, fear of death, or going crazy, nausea or
stomach distress, just to mention the most serious symptoms. Not all
these symptoms will be present for everyone at any given time because
we are all different in our mental and physical makeup.
For example, when preparing to give a speech, a normal anxiety
reaction or an abnormal anxiety attack may occur. The normal person
may get "butterflies in the stomach" or experience an intense fear of
failure. The normal person pushes through the symptoms and gives the
On the other hand, the person who experiences an anxiety attack is
unable to give the speech. They are paralyzed by fear and panic. In
fact, just the thought of giving a speech would cause them to refuse
to even attempt it. Thus, an anxiety "reaction" is normal for
ninety-five-percent of us. An anxiety attack is not for the
five-percent among us.
When basic daily functioning is impacted by the anxiety disorder, and
the ability to enjoy life is disrupted, a family member may need to
seek advice on how to best encourage their loved one to obtain
necessary help. The need for this intervention is a vital one. An
anxiety disorder left untreated can easily escalate to include other
mental health concerns, including depression and suicidal thoughts.
About the Author: Stop wondering if you have chronic anxiety
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