While everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, people with anxiety disorders are more or less constantly in an anxious state. Over time, when left untreated, anxiety disorders can get worse and interfere with daily life, influencing such aspects of their lives as work, school, and relationships. Fortunately, anxiety is a very treatable condition with many options.
The term “anxiety disorder” encompasses several mental health disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias. While each disorder comes with its own symptoms and treatment, here we will outline certain symptoms that are somewhat universal among anxiety disorders. These symptoms indicate that the anxiety you are experiencing is not normal, and you should reach out and get help.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feelings of anxiety, panic, fear, or uneasiness
- Sleep problems
- Racing, persistent, and/or unwanted thoughts
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle tension
- Heart palpitations
- Dry mouth
Anxiety disorders are incredibly prevalent, as demonstrated by these statistics:
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions in the US.
- 40 million adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder.
- Women are 60 percent more likely to suffer from anxiety than men.
- Only one-third of people with anxiety disorders receive treatment.
With the prevalence of anxiety disorders, it shocking to realize how many people are left untreated. However, there is hope.
The Treatment Options
Fortunately, anxiety disorders are highly treatable. People with anxiety disorders may treat their condition with medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, or a combination of the three. There is no way to know exactly how long treatment will take or what kind works best for you, so treatment is tailored specifically to the individual.
If you believe that the anxiety you are experiencing is excessive, come talk to one of our psychiatrists at Kentlands Psychotherapy in Gaithersburg, MD. You do not have to live like this; there is hope. Contact us today.