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Do I have anxiety disorder?
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health disorders that may disrupt normal day to day functioning. Worry and fear may be persistent and overwhelming, but with proper treatment people may be able to return to a fulfilling life.
Panic disorder may cause a feeling of terror that occurs without warning. With a panic attack, you may experience sweat, have chest pain, and feel irregular heartbeats.
Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, occurs when an individual feels overwhelming self-consciousness due to everyday social situations.
Specific phobias occur when an person feels intense fear due to a specific object or
Generalized anxiety disorder may cause unrealistic emotions including worrying and tension for little or no reason.
Symptoms include panic, fear, sleep problems, not being able to stay calm and still, cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dry mouth, nausea, tense muscles, and dizziness.
Medications such as antidepressants may prove beneficial in treating anxiety disorders. These include Lexapro and Prozac. Anticonvulsant medications as well as low dose antipsychotic drugs may be added to help with other treatments. Anxiolytics also help to lower anxiety including Xanax and Klonopin.
Psychotherapy may address the emotional reaction to mental illness. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps people recognize and change thought patterns that trigger anxiety or panic.
Lowering your consumption of food and drink that contains caffeine may help as caffeine is a mood altering drug.
Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, and getting better sleep will also aid in improving your mood.
Sleep problems are often associated with anxiety disorder. Being well rested and following a bedtime routine may help with relaxation.