Know the basics
What is anxiety?
It is normal to feel anxious once in a while. Anxiety is a common part of life. However, if you experience intensive and excessive anxiety every day, which interferes with your daily life, you may have anxiety disorders.
There are many types of anxiety/panic disorders, including:
- Panic disorder: sudden and repeated episodes of fear that come with sweating, chest pain, irregular heart rate. A panic attack may feel like a heart attack.
- Social anxiety disorder: people who suffer from this condition are overwhelmed with social situations. The center of the anxiety is the fear of being judged or embarrassed in front of others.
- Specific phobias: the intense anxiety of a specific thing (height, for example) that causes a person to avoid the source of fear.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: an unrealistic fear that can appear out of nowhere without reason.
How common is anxiety?
This health condition is extremely common. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Common symptoms of anxiety are:
- Feeling nervous, weak or tired;
- Increased heart rate;
- Breathing fast;
- Sweating and trembling;
- Having difficulties controlling your fear or worry;
- Sensing danger or panic.
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
Know the causes
What causes anxiety?
The causes of anxiety/panic disorders have not been explained. They can be triggered by a traumatic event in the past, a health issue, certain medications or long-lasting stress.
Anxiety may lead to serious complications such as:
- Substance abuse;
- Physical pain;
- Social withdrawal;
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for anxiety?
There are some factors that could increase your risk of anxiety:
- Stressful life experiences;
- A serious medical condition;
- A substance abuse problem.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is anxiety diagnosed?
Your doctor has to carefully evaluate your symptoms to diagnose.
How is anxiety treated?
Therefore, if you are worrying constantly, or you have trouble controlling your fear, especially when it affects the quality of your life, you need to seek medical care as soon as possible. Anxiety disorders can be managed with medications, psychotherapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Consult with an expert to figure out what works best for you.
Lifestyle changes & Home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage anxiety?
Anxiety/panic disorders are like any other medical conditions. They will not go away on their own. It is important that you understand about your condition and stick to a treatment plan. A positive change in your lifestyle can also help. Do not hesitate to reach out for support if you need it.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Anxiety. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/home/ovc-20168121 Accessed September 4, 2016.
What Are Anxiety Disorders? http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-anxiety-disorders Accessed September 4, 2016.
Recognizing anxiety. http://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/effects-on-body. Accessed September 4, 2016.
Review Date: September 15, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017