Occasional feelings of anxiety and panic are a natural part of everyday life, but those with a diagnosed anxiety disorder feel it much more persistently. Anxiety disorders are thought to affect up to 40 million adults every year. Unfortunately, not even 40% of those cases are getting treatment for their anxiety. Anxiety may not be able to be “cured” with treatment in most cases, but the symptoms can be managed with treatment and relief can be provided.
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Anxiety tends to vary between each individual case, but there are a few basic types of anxiety disorders most cases can be identified as:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Characterized by consistent worry, anxiety, and tension, even if there is nothing to bring it on.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Characterized by recurrent intrusive thoughts (known as obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (known as compulsions). These compulsions, sometimes called rituals, are performed in an attempt to prevent these obsessive thoughts or make them subside. The compulsions typically only offer temporary relief, however, and can further contribute to anxiety.
Panic Disorder: Characterized by repeated episodes of intense fear that bring on physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness, or abdominal distress.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Brought on after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening or traumatic event.
Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia): Characterized by intense anxiety and self-consciousness in everyday social situations. It may be limited to only public speaking, but some people may experience symptoms whenever they are around other people.
Agoraphobia: Characterized by avoidance of places or situations that trigger feelings of anxiety or panic.
Anyone suffering from an anxiety disorder may find themselves having difficulty functioning in their everyday life, and may fall behind at work or at school. Anxiety disorders can also affect your relationships with your loved ones or your physical health as well.
Although symptoms can vary from case to case and disorder to disorder, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Feelings of nervousness
- Feelings of restlessness
- Increased heart rate
- A sense of impending doom
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Avoiding things that trigger your anxiety
People with high stress or childhood trauma may be more likely to develop an anxiety disorder, as well as people with a family history of anxiety or other mental health disorders. Anxiety disorders can bring a higher risk of developing depression or heart disease, and some may turn to substance abuse to try to alleviate the symptoms of their disorder. There may not be a single cause when it comes to developing an anxiety disorder, but research indicates it may be caused by a variety of biological and environmental factors, including but not necessarily limited to:
- Different brain chemistry in different people
- Genetics or family history
- Childhood and development
- Temperament and personality
Conventional treatments refer to scientific approaches including prescription medication, counseling, and other forms of therapies like ECT. Just like the name suggests, conventional treatments assume a more center-stage role in the treatment of depression.
Counseling or “talk therapy” involves disclosing your inner thoughts to a therapist. You can talk about your life and the feelings you have about various things, especially those that bother you a lot. This expression of feelings is a major part of the treatment process as it helps pinpoint the root cause of your depression. Psychotherapy is arguably one of the most effective ways of treating patients with mild to moderate depression.
Sometimes, day to day challenges can hold us down and spur the condition because we are not able to let things go. However, opening up to your therapist can help you learn to deal with such situations in a more positive way. Studies have also shown that sharing your troubles can help you feel better about yourself, which is in line with the old saying–a problem shared is a problem half-solved. Some of the most common approaches to psychotherapy include humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medication for the treatment of severe depression in Newport News, VA. Essentially, the purpose of the prescription medication is not to cure the disorder, but to help the patients regain control of their lives and get them in contention to find a more permanent solution to their problem- say through psychotherapy. However, the process is not as simple as it sounds: the patient might have to go through several different types of medications before they can find something that works for them. One of the main disadvantages of using antidepressants is the fact that they pose the risk of some serious life-changing side effects like anxiety, impaired vision, insomnia, and erectile dysfunction. Before getting on any antidepressant medication, make sure you fully understand the risks.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive Therapy is also known as shock therapy. It is a form of treatment where the patient is put under anesthesia and an electrical shock is administered to induce a seizure. This is believed to trigger the release of neurotransmitters that facilitate communication between nerves in the brain. ECT is not unheard of in the Newport News area. However, its uses have dwindled over the years mainly due to the high-risk factors associated with the procedure. The discovery of ketamine as a safe and more effective treatment for major mood disorders has also contributed greatly to its disuse.
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