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More than 40 million people in U.S alone suffer from anxiety disorders. This is a little more than 18% of its population. This number could be higher if more men and women confessed to suffering from this illness. Yet another interesting fact is that less than 40% of these people receive or volunteer for treatment.
Moreover, those who suffer from this ailment have a greater chance of seeing a doctor later for psychiatric disorders. All these numbers provide a grim picture for the futures of people who suffer with an anxiety disorder. Aspects that can attribute to anxiety disorder are life changing events, genetics, personality attributes and brain functionality. In such a situation, spotting anxiety symptoms becomes a daunting task.
One of the most common forms of anxiety disorder is GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The sufferer simply undergoes the feeling of unnecessary or unrealistic anxiety or tension.
People suffering from GAD just need a reason to worry or feel anxious. True? Yes, the fact is these people anticipate disaster at every intersection of their life. Whether it is financial, employment, relationships, family or their future, a GAD patient will always find a reason to believe in the ultimate doom.
As mentioned earlier, a large population of the U.S suffers from anxiety disorder and the number of people suffering from GAD is almost 7 million. Incidentally, women are twice as likely to face this illness.
As we have mentioned before the most common form of anxiety disorder is a GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) however there are three other types of this disorder you should know about.
Panic disorder – This form of anxiety disorder pops up anytime and without a reason. The symptoms include palpitation, intense sweating, irregular and rapid heartbeats, mild pain in the chest and a sense of dejection.
Social anxiety disorder – As the name suggests, this form of anxiety is typically related to social situations. The individual is always self-conscious about other people, about their comments and how they stand up in the social circuit. People from this class of anxiety disorder are easily influenced by random comment or judgment.
Specific Phobias – You will feel intense fear over a specific object or situation i.e. spider or heights. This fear will go beyond what is appropriate and influence how you deal with these objects or situations. Some people will never fly and some people will never visit areas where spiders are very common.
The symptoms listed below are common across all disorders.
The difference between worry and anxiety can be easily understood. Worry focuses on the mind while anxiety has physical implications for the sufferer.
Anxiety disorders are typically treated using Psychotherapy (which also includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Medication.
Psychotherapy – In its basic form psychotherapy helps people counter their fears through meaningful conversations.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – It trains people to combat genuinely overwhelming situations in a meaningful manner. It teaches people processes to negotiate anxious periods by thinking and behaving differently. Social skill sets are fine tuned so that the concerned individual is free from the fear of judgments and comments, which is vital for treating social anxiety disorder
Self-help, support groups and stress-management techniques also offer relief to such entities.
Medication – There are many different types of medication available to help treat these disorders ranging from typical medication (Diazepam/Citalopram) to new organic oils (Organic Hemp Oils/CBD Oils). Both of which have varying forms of success and side effects, but its is commonly known that organic oils usually have more benefits and less side effects when compared to typical forms of medication.