Anxiety Disorder

Worrying is a normal part of life, but incessant worrying and fretting can get out of control and can prevent the mind from getting a clear visual definition of any other matter in hand. Such a situation can lead to anxiety which is characterized by feeling of tension, constant worrying in addition to physical problems like rise in blood pressure and increased heart rate, among others.

Anxiety can be both short-term and long-term. Brief anxiety can be due to some stressful event like speaking in a public forum, appearing for a job interview or preparing for the first date. Unlike the mild form of nervousness which is limited to certain days or weeks, some people can continue to suffer from anxiety for a minimum of six months or more, if left untreated. Physicians refer such people to anxiety treatment centers for necessary interventions.

What are anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses that encompass more than fleeting emotions of nervousness, uneasiness, worry and fear. The level of anxiety felt by those suffering from anxiety disorders is more frequent and tends to be more intense with prolonged effects. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), roughly 18.1 percent of the U.S. population, aged 18 years and more, suffer from symptoms of anxiety disorders during any given year. Despite mental disease being highly treatable, only about 36.9 percent of those affected receive treatment for an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders can prevent people from performing their daily social activities, including concentrating, socializing or sleeping. Most people live with anxiety disorder problems for years before they are detected or referred to any anxiety disorder treatment center. If left untreated, anxiety disorders can exacerbate and culminate into grievous mental illnesses. Experts at the American Psychological Association (APA) say, “People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.”

Anxiety disorders: Types, causes and symptoms

While the effects of anxiety disorders are myriad and debilitating, not everyone suffers from the same kind of anxiety disorder. Some of the common types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Being concerned about everyday aspects of one’s life is normal, but patients of GAD tend to be excessively worried even about the most trivial factors. People living with this kind of disorder manifest signs like chronic anxiety, extreme worry, overstated tension, despite inconsequential factors to provoke it.

    According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), an estimated 6.8 million adults (3.1 percent) show symptoms of GAD in any given year. Keeping in mind the commonality of the disorder, experts maintain the need to raise awareness about the same. Treatment prevalence at GAD treatment centers reveals that women are two times more likely to be affected by this disorder. According to the NIMH, typical symptoms include:

    • Uneasiness or feelings of edginess
    • Easily exhausted
    • Inability to concentrate or finding it difficult to focus
    • Grumpy behavior
    • Tension felt in muscles or ligaments
    • Finding it hard to control the worry
    • Insomnia (Staying awake or difficulty in falling asleep owing to restlessness)

    Patients seeking treatment at generalized anxiety disorder treatment centers complain of racing heartbeat, frequent heart palpitations, unwarranted reasons to worry or minor issues that leave them constantly tensed. Some patients receiving treatment at various GAD treatment centers in the U.S. also reported problems like feeling lightheaded, nausea, breathlessness, difficulty in swallowing and frequent visits to the bathroom, in addition to experiencing hot flashes.
    The disorder can develop at any age, though the high-risk period is between childhood and middle age. Genetics is one of the many factors responsible for the disorder.

  • Panic disorder: This disorder is characterized by immense fear along with grave physical symptoms and unmanageable emotions of fear. Those living with this psychological disorder experience sudden attacks of terror, rapid heartbeat, profuse perspiration and weakness coupled with nausea. As per the NIMH, approximately 2.7 percent of the U.S. adult population live with this mental disease in any given year. Treatment records obtained from anxiety treatment centers reveal how this illness is twice as common in women as it is in men.
  • Social phobia or social anxiety disorder: Not all people find themselves comfortable in social situations. Some fear being scrutinized or judged for their looks or the way they behave. The intense fear and anxiety that arises out of their need to avoid or escape social situations is identified as social phobia or social anxiety disorder. Nearly 6.8 percent U.S. adult population suffer from this problem, says the NIMH. However, this kind of fear seems unrealistic to those who perceive this mental problem as an outcome of low levels of confidence.
  • Intense, persistent fear can hamper daily activities, thus, necessitating social anxiety disorder treatment for those afflicted. Without the necessary SAD treatment, this disorder can continue for prolonged periods and can prevent a person from accomplishing to his or her full potential.

    While the symptoms of each kind of anxiety disorder are different, certain features are common to all of them. They include:

    • Unnecessary and extreme fear
    • Feelings indicating apprehension and tension
    • Difficulty faced in completing daily tasks

Diagnosis of anxiety disorders

Effective treatment for an anxiety disorder is only possible with timely diagnosis. A simple physiological detection or blood test does not help detect anxiety disorders. A complete and detailed examination at an anxiety disorder treatment center goes a long way in enabling doctors understand the symptoms involved and the seriousness of psychiatric disorders masked under physical symptoms. In addition, physicians may require patients to respond to questions concerning their personal history and details about any kind of illnesses existing in families.

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Getting treated at Sovereign Health

Anxiety disorders treatment at Sovereign Health encompasses a comprehensive and intensive process of diagnosis and detection to help patients fight their problems concerning nervousness and apprehension. Clinicians at Sovereign Health focus on the diagnostic process, as it is central to assessment of any anxiety problem. If during the initial stage of examination, no knowledge of physical illnesses comes to the fore, mental health professionals use specially designed interviews that help in understanding the mental state of the patient.

Experts at the NIMH recommend psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both to treat problems synonymous with anxiety disorders. Worsening anxiety problems may create fear and distress that in turn can adversely affect the quality of life. This mental health disorder, if not dealt with carefully, can have serious consequences on physical health. Administering medical care includes therapies and medication for SAD treatment in addition to other anxiety disorders treatment options aimed at complete recovery of patients.

Sovereign Health of Arizona is a woman-only residential rehabilitation center located in Chandler, Arizona. The programs include treatment for mental health disorders and co-occurring conditions. The facility provides special emphasis on treating trauma that may have been caused by physical, emotional or mental abuse. Our treatment programs provide personalized treatment plans tailored to patient’s specific treatment needs.

Sovereign Health of Arizona provides its female patients with a residential rehab in a safe and supportive environment, where they can focus on their recovery. To know more about anxiety disorders treatment or other disorders affecting women, feel free to browse our site, or contact our admissions staff by calling our 24/7 helpline.

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