Anxiety

Overview

Anxiety comes in many different forms for example, it can be a feeling of panic in social situations or constant anxiety about your job or family. If you are unable to shake something like this, you need to talk to a doctor. They can help you manage this.

There are various types of anxiety disorders and it is helpful to identify them sooner rather than later. Some of them are discussed below :

General Anxiety Disorder :

This includes fears about simple everyday things such as money, health or work. You automatically expect the worst even when there is little to worry about. This kind of worry can take months to control. This interferes with your day to day activities and may leave you feeling tired and irritable.

Social Anxiety Disorder :

This type of anxiety leaves you feeling powerless and ashamed. This is more than just simple shyness. You are terrified of embarrassing yourself in social situations.

Panic Disorder :

A panic attack is a sudden rush of intense anxiety that seems to come out of nowhere. It can happen anytime, even while you’re asleep. If you have them regularly and are very afraid of having another attack, you could have panic disorder. It typically starts in early adulthood, and women get it twice as often as men.

Many of the same symptoms that accompany general anxiety such as a racing heart or pain in your stomach happen with a panic attack. But panic attacks are more intense, build quickly and then subside. Other symptoms include trembling, feeling like you can’t breathe, being afraid you’re going to die, a sense that you’re going crazy.

Phobias :

We all have things that scare us — like spiders, heights, elevators, or the dentist — but most people manage these fears. When a specific fear causes so much anxiety that it affects your daily life, it becomes a phobia.

Treatment Options for Anxiety

Some treatment options for anxiety are discussed below :

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

This kind of therapy helps you learn about your condition and do things — like keeping a journal, meditation, or reflection — to understand and change certain thoughts and behaviors. It can take 12 to 16 weeks to notice signs that you’re feeling better.

Exposure Therapy

The idea with this is to get rid of your fear by being around the thing that scares you in a planned, gradual way: The more you’re around it, the less anxious you’ll be about it.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

With this type of therapy, you work to be aware of and accept the negative thoughts brought on by your anxiety. You learn to think about them in a different way and commit to change any behaviors that interfere with your life.

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