Anxiety is a normal emotion, from time to time everybody gets a little anxious about work, or a bit nervous about speaking in public. It is not easy to detect when the line between normal behavior and anxiety disorder is crossed. The disease affects around forty million adults in America over the age of 18. And its effects on society are apparent. An increasing number of adults are currently on anti-anxiety prescription drugs. Around 42% cope with anxiety by consuming alcohol or using illicit drugs. Beyond the consumption of narcotics, there is a rising number of suicides, car accidents and gun related incidents connected with this disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
Like any mental illness, anxiety patients displays symptoms. Some of the commons signs are:
- Excessive worry: losing sleep over matters that can’t be solved at the time
- Irrational Fears: even when the individual know that there is no rational explanation for the fear
- Muscle Tension: the mental problem starts to affect the person physically with generalized tension
- Self-Consciousness or Self-Doubt: while a reasonable amount of self-doubt is healthy to keep us in check, a person with anxiety disorder feels overwhelming pressure to fit in.
- Compulsive Behaviors and Perfectionism: excessive cleaning, eating or any repetitive behavior that in overload may put the person in harms way.
The two main ways to treat the disorder are psychotherapy and prescription medicine. Several types of prescription medications are available on the market. Only a licensed physician is authorized to prescribe such drugs. The doctor will explain the risks and benefits and also the possible side effects. Psychotherapy or counseling works by gradually bringing up the issues that underlying causes of the problem and, with a cognitive behavioral approach, guide the patient towards a better mental state.
At Gateway Counseling, we deal with a variety of mental illness, relationship issues and behavioral disorders. Some dysfunctions commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse, which may mask symptoms or make them worse. (NIMH) If you or a loved one are suffering from depression or anxiety contact our Boynton Beach counseling center 561-332-1818.