Anxiety Disorders

Did you know there are different kinds of Anxiety Disorders?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - Everyone worries about stressful situations but they will eventually rebalance and return to a calm state. But what happens when the worry doesn’t go away? Some don’t notice their problem with constant worry until they feel physical signs of stress, like headaches, stomachaches, muscle tension and fatigue. We all worry sometimes. But if you seem to worry much more than other people and you worry so much that it affects the quality of your life, you may have something called generalized anxiety disorder GAD.

Panic Disorder - As the name suggests, panic disorder is characterized by panic attacks. The fact that they occur without warning, accompanied by sudden feelings of terror seems to heighten the anxiety. Physically, an attack may mimic heart problems. It may cause chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominal discomfort, feelings of detachment from reality and fear of dying. As you can see, this can be a very debilitating disorder that requires therapy.

Social Anxiety - People with social anxiety feel a nervous and an irrational self-consciousness in social situations. They have an intense fear of being observed or of doing something horribly wrong in front of other people.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - This disorder was discovered after the Vietnam War. A terrifying experience can cause symptoms such as flashbacks, during which the person re-lives the terrifying experience; nightmares; depression; and feelings of anger or irritability. People in motor vehicle accidents, or victims of rape or child abuse often suffer with PTSD.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts. This creates feelings of uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry. Repetitive behaviors are used endeavouring to reduce the associated anxiety. Symptoms of the disorder may include excessive washing or cleaning; repeated checking; extreme hoarding; preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts.


ACTION POINTS



STEP 1

A proper diagnosis is key! Many people go undiagnosed for 10 years or more. Seeing a professional for a proper diagnosis is the first step.

However, research suggests that many medical general practitioners are unaware of all the appropriate treatments for anxiety disorders other than medication. You might consider the option of a specialized anxiety disorder clinic such as Bayridge.

STEP 2

Therapeutic strategies in combination with drug therapy prove to be twice as effective than when drug therapy is used alone.

There are many strategies that have proven to be helpful to treat anxiety and depression without taking medication. We integrate several of the most clinically proven treatments to ensure your recovery.

Our goal is 'Your Recovery... Long Term!'

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” (Amit Ray)

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