What is anxiety?
Have you ever had an anxiety attack?
It's a feeling of overwhelming apprehension, worry, distress or fear.
Anxiety attack symptoms vary among individuals.
Researchers are not sure of the exact cause of anxiety.
Instead, an anxiety diagnosis requires a lengthy process of physical examinations, mental health evaluations and psychological questionnaires.
Anxiety in children is natural and common.
Studies state that 1 in 8 children will experience anxiety.
Treatment for anxiety includes psychotherapy and medication.
Meeting with a therapist or psychologist can help you learn tools and strategies to cope with anxiety when it occurs.
Medications typically used to treat anxiety include antidepressants and sedatives. They work to balance brain chemistry, and prevent episodes of anxiety.
Anxiety can be a symptom of clinical or major depression.
Depression can be triggered by an anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of general anxiety include: increased heart rate, rapid breathing, restlessness, trouble concentrating, and difficulty sleeping.
Children may also experience jitteriness, isolation, and fear along with these symptoms.
Some disorders associated with anxiety include:
⦁ Panic disorder: experiencing recurring panic attacks at unexpected times. A person with panic disorder may live in fear of the next panic attack.
⦁ Phobia: excessive fear of a specific object, situation, or activity
⦁ Social anxiety disorder: extreme fear of being judged by others in social situations
⦁ Obsessive-compulsive disorder: recurring irrational thoughts that lead you to perform specific, repeated behaviors
⦁ Separation anxiety disorder: fear of being away from home or loved ones
⦁ Illness anxiety disorder: anxiety about your health (formerly called hypochondria)
⦁ Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): anxiety following a traumatic event
Lifestyle changes can be an effective way to relieve some of the stress and anxiety.
Make sure to get enough sleep, meditate, stay active, and eat a healthy diet.
helpful foods include: salmon, chamomile, turmeric, dark chocolate, yogurt, and green tea.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking if at all possible.
If you are experiencing any of the above, please consult your physician immediately.