Anxiety plagues many people – an estimated 40 million people suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, and 15 million people suffer from social anxiety disorder, according to writer Sean Egan of Elements Behavioral Health in 2015. The feelings of anxiety can lead us to question ourselves and others – it can destroy friendships and relationships, get in the way of our daily work responsibilities, and can ruin chances of success in the future. Beyond Blue, an organization that focuses on depression and anxiety, has provided many ways to help you determine if you suffer from anxiety:
Physical symptoms: panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightness of chest, quick breathing, restlessness, feeling very tense or edgy, feeling irritable, muscle tension
Psychological symptoms: excessive worrying, racing thoughts, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking
Behavioral symptoms: avoiding situations that make you feel anxious and causes distress to study, work, or social life
Many people confuse anxiety with stress, because stress has similar symptoms. However, stress is typically a reaction to an event, whereas anxiety can appear to come up out of nowhere, or may not be tied to any event at all. Anxiety also focuses more on the future and what “could” happen. “What if” is another common phrase used with anxiety – if you find yourself panicking due to situations that revolve around this, you likely are worrying excessively.
Oftentimes anxiety can feel as if we are going crazy and it may appear that there is no solution – we are forever stuck in this maze of thoughts and fear. Luckily, treatment is available for this and by speaking with a doctor and therapist, you can be on your way to managing your anxiety in a healthier manner. There are medications that your doctor can prescribe to help you with anxiety. However, some anxiety medications are very addictive and the side effects could be unpleasant – make sure you are aware of what you are taking and the proper dosage amount.
Therapy means that you can work through your concerns with someone who can help you – cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a popular form of treatment that helps people restructure negative thought patterns. If you suffer from anxiety, know that you are not alone. There are so many tools out there that can help you – all you must do is take the first step to ask for help. Life can become so much more manageable if you reach out to a health care professional.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665