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Anxiety Disorders

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, it is a guide that can protect us, alert us and propel us to do things that we fear (making important decisions, giving a speech, starting a new job). Anxiety disorder involve more than temporary fear and concern. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 40 million adult suffer from anxiety disorder in America.  Each individual will present with different symptoms, and severity which may be triggered by a specific event, certain habits or neurological conditions.  

Common Anxiety Disorders Include:


GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) - A condition that is conducive to ever present stress and worry about day-to-day responsibilities, confrontations and problems.  GAD is most common among women. Symptoms may include headaches, problems sleeping, difficulty breathing, irritability and isolation. 


OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) – a condition that compels a patient into compulsive or obsessive behaviors without rationality including certain rituals or superstitions that cause disruption to daily life or relationships.


Phobias – a condition diagnosed due to a deeply concentrated fear of particular places, activities, people or objects. Phobias can incite panic, dread, and trepidation in sufferers, and can influence decisions and relationships.


Panic Disorders – a physical condition that causes a victim to experience sudden panic, a feeling of a loss of control, difficulty breathing, chest pains, nausea, numbness, and heart palpitations. The individual is diagnosed after several episodes in a row or symptoms lasting longer than six months.  Panic disorders present with real physical symptoms, some of which may be severe.


Treatment - Treatment for anxiety disorders depends on the type and severity of the condition a particular patient suffers from. Psychiatric care is typically required to make symptoms more manageable. Treatment programs may include medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and even deep brain stimulation. Often, anxiety disorders are related to or accompanied by other health conditions or habits, such as alcoholism or depression that must be simultaneously treated to improve chances of recovery.

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