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Anxiety and Panic Disorders Q&A
What are anxiety and panic disorders?
Anxiety disorders are a group of related mental health conditions that all feature a persistent and excessive fear or worry in a non-threatening situation. Indeed, these fears and worries are significant enough to interfere with school, work, and relationships, making life exhausting and unfulfilling for those afflicted with them.
There are a number of anxiety disorders, each with their specific symptoms, and the most common include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias, particularly social anxiety disorder.
What are the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder?
Folks suffering from generalized anxiety disorder struggle with chronic, exaggerated worry over routine life circumstances such as work, social interactions, and personal health. Specific symptoms include:
- Feeling restless or “on edge”
- “Brain fog” or trouble concentrating
What are the symptoms of panic disorder?
Panic disorders feature sudden feelings of terror, as well as recurrent panic attacks. These attacks are horrifying and often mistaken for heart attacks. Symptoms include:
- Accelerated heart rate
- Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
- Feelings of dread or loss of control
What are the symptoms of phobias?
Phobias are an intense fear or worry related to a specific situation. For example, common specific phobias include a fear of flying, heights, or certain animals like dogs or spiders. Here at Creative Care, we often help clients through social anxiety disorder, once known as social phobia. Folks suffering from social anxiety disorder have an intense fear of social interactions. Unfortunately, this can make work, school, and relationships difficult and uncomfortable.
What causes anxiety and panic disorders?
Like many mental health conditions, scientists believe that anxiety disorders the result of both genetic and environmental factors. For example, a family history of anxiety disorders is a major risk factor as is childhood trauma.
What are the treatments for anxiety and panic disorders?
Like depression, another common and often related mental health disorder, anxiety and panic disorders respond well to therapy, medications, or a combination of both.
The experienced team at Creative Care is ready to gently walk you through your anxiety or panic disorder. We will help uncover the roots beneath the disorder as well as teach the coping skills and relaxation techniques necessary to get you and your family on the path to recovery. For a compassionate, innovative approach to anxiety and panic disorder treatment, consider contacting Creative Care today.