Anxiousness can be tricky to notice because it can show up differently in people. It is common that people come and seek help for substance abuse, only to realize that they are dealing with anxiety. The real problem with anxiety is that a large number of day-to-day activities can make us stressed. Anxiety extends way beyond the feeling of being scared and can make people feel alone and seek isolation. A staggering 40 million people in America suffer from anxiety. A few find relief by engaging in healthy habits like exercise and meditation, but a large portion tend to tilt towards the use of substances to manage their symptoms. This makes things worse for them and those around them.
At Seasons Beach Cottage’s recovery center, we understand that anxiety can stem from many reasons. This can include a mix of experiences and how one grew up. Experts usually use therapy and medication to help with anxiety. But at Seasons, we go one step further and look at everything that adds to anxiety, like family, health, work, and much more. The goal is to get to the root of all previous experiences that get in the way of living a fulfilling life.
Anxiety, because of its complex nature and vivid symptoms can be categorized into one of the following types:
Most Common Types of Anxiety
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Post Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Here is how some of these anxiety disorders affect people:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People suffering from generalized anxiety disorder show excessive anxiety and worry for months and suffer from several anxiety-related symptoms.
Here are some common symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
- Persistent feeling of restlessness and feeling wound-up or on the edge.
- Regularly and easily fatigued.
- Difficulty in concentrating and inability to maintain focus.
- Persistent feeling of irritability.
- Increase in muscle tension.
- Excessive worrying and difficulty in controlling tension.
- Find difficulty in sleeping, staying asleep, and consistent restlessness.
People suffering from panic disorder face unexpected and recurring panic attacks. These panic attacks are sudden and unwarranted periods of intense fear that include palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, feeling of breath shortness, smothering, choking, and feelings of looming danger.
Here are some common symptoms of Panic Disorder:
- Repeated and sudden episodes of intense fear.
- Lose the ability to control yourself during a panic attack.
- Consistent fear that another panic attack may happen at any time.
- Always try to avoid places or triggers where a panic attack occurred in the past.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is also commonly referred to as “social phobia” and is characterized by intense fear of social situations like social gatherings and social performances. A persisting feeling of fear clouds the mind and they expect to be embarrassed, judged, or rejected and are also afraid of offending others.
Here are common symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder:
- Always anxious about how to talk with other people when being with them.
- A persistent feeling of being humiliated, embarrassed, and rejected leads to self-consciousness at all times in social settings.
- Always afraid of being judged by others.
- Prolonged periods of worry before a social event is about to happen.
- Constantly avoiding places where people gather.
- Find it difficult to make new friends and retain old ones.
- When around other people they tend to blush, sweat, and tremble.
- Unwanted feeling of nausea and stomach uneasiness in a social setting.
If you or your loved one needs anxiety treatment but are afraid of what people will say, you can call us today for an assessment. Our caring team will counsel and assist you in anxiety treatment.
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