What Is an Anxiety Disorder?

Posted By Therapeutic Solutions PC || 30-Mar-2017

Anxiety is a normal part of life, which is why it is so important to bring awareness to the subject. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S, affecting 40 million adults. Although many of us may feel anxious before taking a test, confronting a problem, or even making decisions, anxiety disorders go beyond temporary discomfort or fear. When one has an anxiety disorder, the symptoms of the condition can interfere with everyday activities such as work, school, and family life. Examples of anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: People with this disorder often feel restless, wound-up, or on edge. They often have difficulty concentrating or controlling their worry, and may be easily fatigued. Other symptoms include irritability, muscle tension, and sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep, restless or unsatisfying sleep).
  • Panic Disorder: Symptoms include repeated attacks of intense fear, out-of-control feelings and intense worries regarding the next attack. People experiencing this disorder often fear or avoid places where they’ve experienced panic attacks in the past.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: Sometimes called “social phobia,” this disorder is marked by fear of social situations or performing. Symptoms include feeling self-conscious or anxious around people or crowds. Individuals diagnosed with this disorder may have a hard time with face-to-face conversation and often worry about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected by others. Behaviors such as nausea, blushing, sweating, or trembling when others are around may be signs of this particular anxiety disorder.

Although we all suffer from minor anxieties at times, it is important to remember that Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder are debilitating conditions for some individuals. If you or someone you know may be suffering from or showing signs of an anxiety disorder, seek comprehensive behavioral treatment.

For more information, contact our team of mental health professionals at Therapeutic Solutions. We’re here to help you live life in balance.

How Do I know if Somebody Is Suffering From Depression?

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability among people ages 15-44 and ranks among the top 3 workplace issues in the United States. Suicide, often the result of depression, is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 15-44. It is estimated that there is 1 death by suicide every 12.3 minutes in the United States. Additionally, the suicide rate of veterans ages 50-59 is among the highest in the United States. While depression takes many forms, it is important to know and be able to identify the following signs of depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood
  • Irritability, decreased energy, or fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt or hopelessness
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Difficulty concentrating, sleeping, or awakening
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

There are other signs and symptoms that suggest an individual is depressed, however not everyone who is depressed experiences each of these symptoms. The frequency and severity of symptoms vary on the individual, their particular illness, and the stage of the illness.

For more information, contact our team of Chico mental health professionals at Therapeutic Solutions. We’re here to help you live life in balance.

Categories: Mental Health