Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses that affect 40 million Americans throughout the country. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, but of the 40 million who experience anxiety annually, only 36.9 percent of them are treated according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Those with anxiety disorders are five times more likely to go to the doctor, and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not struggle with the disorder. Anxiety can develop from complex risk factors, which include genetics, personality, brain chemistry, and life events.
It’s common for those struggling with anxiety to experience depression or vice versa. Nearly half of those diagnosed with depression, also are diagnosed with anxiety. Generalized anxiety disorders affect 6.8 million adults, which translates to 3.1 percent of the U.S. population. Despite the astonishing figure, a mere 43.2 percent are actively receiving treatment.
Treating an individual with anxiety will depend on the nature of the anxiety disorder and the person’s preferences. Alcohol dependence, depression, and other conditions often share a link to anxiety. For some, treating an anxiety disorder means they must wait until an individual manages underlying conditions.
Becoming aware of the developing anxiety symptoms and taking the proper precautions to manage the condition without medical assistance is the first step. If by doing this and not seeing a reduction in anxiety symptoms, or if the onset is sudden or severe, other treatments are available.
It is possible to manage your anxiety symptoms in the comfort of your own home. Unfortunately, this may be limited to shorter and less severe episodes of anxiety. Doctors can recommend various exercises and techniques designed to cope with brief bouts of anxiety, which include:
Unfortunately, for some, a chemical imbalance in their brain will contribute to these anxious feelings, and despite the self-treatment effort, it may not be enough.
The standard treatment format of anxiety involves psychological counseling and therapy, which can include psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is common. CBT’s primary objective is to recognize and alter the harmful through patterns that can fire up an anxiety disorder. Limiting distorted thoughts can change the scale of intensity of reactions to stressors.
By doing so, it will help individuals manage the way their body and mind will react to specific triggers. Psychotherapy is another avenue that involves talking with trained mental health professionals and getting to the root of your anxiety disorder.
In the event these methods are not fully adequate; they can be used in conjunction with medications.
Various medications can be used to support the treatment of an anxiety disorder. Such medicines can control some of the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety disorders, and these include:
Some of us are more prone to anxiety than others, but it’s common for anxious feelings to accompany everyone in daily life. Fortunately, there are methods to reduce the risk of an anxiety disorder. These include:
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