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What is Anxiety Disorder?

Feeling anxious is a natural phenomenon. It is felt when a person faces any kind of real or perceived threat. A person can experience anxiety when speaking in front of a crowd, facing a camera, or just before entering an exam. For some people, this normal experience of feeling anxious becomes more common and frequent. It starts to cause distress and interference with their daily work, life and relationships.

Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder

Symptoms of anxiety disorder are physical as well as psychological in nature.

Physical symptoms:

  • Churning in the stomach
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Tense muscles
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating, hot flushes
  • Increased palpitations
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Needing to use the toilet more/less than usual

Psychological symptoms:

  • Feeling nervous
  • A sense of dread
  • A sense of losing control,
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling restless and numb
  • Difficulty in attention and concentrations

Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Panic disorder: A person who experiences a panic attack might have racing heart rate, numbness in hands or fingers, severe chest pains, sweaty hands, difficulties in breathing, sense of terror, feeling the loss of control. These symptoms can be experienced in a sudden and repeated manner. A person has attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer
  • Social anxiety disorder. Social Phobia is, where the person gets self-conscious or start worrying too much about everyday social situations. The person worries about being judged or on being embarrassed or ridiculed.
  • Specific phobias. During anxiety, the person starts fearing a specific object or situation, for example fearing from heights or flying. The extremes could go to a point where the person avoids ordinary situations out of fear and constantly worrying about it.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder. You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.

Anxiety Disorder Treatment

In a general situation, we get panicked and take time to accept the facts. One may practice a few ways to manage symptoms. Like:

  • Diet Change. The person must cut down on some specific foods and drinks that contain caffeine, i.e. coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, and chocolate. As caffeine is a mood-altering drug and triggers the symptoms of anxiety disorder.
  • Physical Fit. Regular exercise and better sleep practice improves mental wellbeing and reduces stress-causing brain chemicals.
  • Relaxation and Good sleep. To better deal with the situation, make sure you are getting good rest and follow a peaceful bedtime routine.
  • Doctor Recommendation. It is recommended that you must consult your doctor before popping any type of mind-relaxing or sleep pill. For herbal remedies also, one must consult a certified doctor.