Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in the world. In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety reported, with women being twice as likely to suffer from the disorder. Yet, many people with anxiety are reluctant to seek treatment.
People with anxiety disorders have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about day to day situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety, fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes which can result in panic attacks
Anxiety disorder is an umbrella idea that includes different conditions such as Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Specific Phobias.

What is Panic Disorder?

You feel terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may sweat, have chest pain, and feel palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder or social phobia which its sometimes referred too, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about day to day social situations, though, the stress of these situations is too much to handle. You might avoid all social contact because things that other people consider “normal” like making small talk and eye contact make you feel uncomfortable. All aspects of your life, not just the social, could start to fall apart.

What is General Anxiety Disorder?

You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason. People with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (often referred to as GAD) tend to always expect disaster and can’t stop worrying about health, money, family, work, or school. The worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety so dominates the person’s thinking that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities, and relationships.

What are Specific Phobias?

You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations. There are number of specific phobias but here are just some Animal phobias, Situational phobias, Natural environment phobias, Blood-injection-injury phobias and other phobias which can include a fear of falling down, a fear of loud sounds, and a fear of costumed characters, such as clowns.

Some ways to manage or lessen the symptoms

Try to cut down on foods and drinks that have caffeine, such as coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, energy drinks, and chocolate. Caffeine is a mood-altering drug, and it may make symptoms of anxiety disorders worse. You may want to eat right, exercise, and get better sleep. Brisk aerobic exercises like jogging and biking help release brain chemicals that cut stress and improve your mood.
Sleep problems and anxiety disorder often go hand in hand. Getting good rest is a priority. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine. Talk to your doctor if you still have trouble sleeping. I would ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter meds or herbal remedies. Many contain chemicals that can make anxiety symptoms worse.

Alternative therapies

These have become increasingly popular to provide relief to sufferers of anxiety without the need for medication or conventional treatments. The aim of alternative therapies is to reduce the symptoms of anxiety by improving the general health and wellbeing of the patient without any of the side effects that come with conventional medical treatments. Combining alternative therapies with traditional treatments like counselling can help to reduce anxiety and panic attacks.

Yoga

Yoga incorporates elements of meditation, stretching, and controlled breathing to help you achieve calmness and relaxation through stationary and moving poses. Try signing up for a regular class or private lessons to ensure you attempt poses properly and minimise the risk of injury.

Acupuncture

This traditional Chinese therapy has been used to treat anxiety, depression, and many other conditions for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves trained practitioners inserting sharp needles into the surface layers of the skin that correspond with different organs and areas of the body.

Meditation

Finding the right space and the time to clear your mind can be hugely beneficial to your wellbeing. While meditation can’t alter the world around you, it can certainly change the way you perceive and respond to it. By learning to meditate you will learn to fully relax your body and possibly discover the root cause of your anxiety.