Author Name : Lanie “LaLa” Show, M.D. Monday, December 04, 2017 03:10:38 AM
More than ever, it is important to be able to cope with stress and the anxiety it brings. It seems like all we hear in the news now is either mass shootings, terror, or wild fires. While those whose lives we have lost are remembered, one must wonder the anxiety in people’s minds and what could happen next.
When a person is experiencing bouts of anxiety or panic attacks, it could be that the person has an underlying anxiety disorder.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
The types of anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia or social anxiety disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: is when someone is worried about everything without justification.
Panic Disorder: is when someone experiences sudden fear accompanied by sweating, chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, and impending doom (feeling like they want to pass out or die).
Social Phobia: is when someone is extremely afraid of being in a specific social circumstance or setting (for example, giving a public speech).
The causes of anxiety disorder are multifactorial and, for the most part, are unknown. However, research has shown that its etiology can rise from chemical imbalance in the brain through alcohol, smoking, drugs, or genetic disorder.
Some of the major symptoms of anxiety disorder are sweating, dizziness, chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, and impending doom (feeling like they want to pass out or die).
When someone is experiencing the symptoms above, please contact your professional medical provider for an advice.
Treatment & Management
The treatment for anxiety disorder depends on the symptoms and underlying conditions. Some treatments are in the form of medications such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, anxiolytics, and antipsychotics. Other long-term treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is a psychotherapy with the approach of desensitizing the triggering factor. Remember to consult with your professional medical provider before starting any therapy.
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