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Everybody experiences some sort of anxiety in their life. Whether it’s from public speaking or starting a new job, it happens to the best of us. Its when it starts to affect everyday tasks, that it might be time to seek treatment. If you’re looking for anxiety treatment in San Diego, MHC San Diego is your local treatment option for mental health.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Almost 20% of American adults have some form of anxiety. The majority do not seek treatment, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Anxiety disorders are characterized by persistent worry and intrusive negative thoughts, even in the absence of a realistic threat. People may overthink or catastrophize situations.
Some signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders are not quite as obvious. They can also come in the form of persistent worry or panic attacks. These may present as more mundane challenges but are still important clues as to what is going on.
Further complicating the landscape for patients and those trying to diagnose them are the physical symptoms that may appear to signal illness but are actually a presentation of anxiety.
Types of Anxiety
Anxiety disorders are divided into several unique types. Each affects the sufferer in a different way and may require specific treatment. Getting a correct diagnosis can help you target the treatment more specifically.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
For those with generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety may seem to seep into every part of their lives. Whether they feel anxious after talking about a big project at work or before going out on a date, no matter what they do, it may feel like their brain second-guesses their decisions.
Generalized anxiety disorder has symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety, but they’re all different conditions.
Those who deal with panic disorder experience sudden, unexpected bursts of panic, accompanied by pounding heart and trouble breathing. Their flight or fight response is triggered, and they feel like they must get out of a situation they are in. This can make things like flying, driving long distances, or sitting in a classroom extremely difficult.
Panic disorder may feel like it comes out of nowhere, or there may be clear links to triggers that cause panic attacks.
Interacting with others becomes especially difficult for those with social anxiety. They often feel judged when speaking or too shy to start a conversation. These feelings may result in severe physical symptoms like dry mouth and sweating, which in turn makes interaction feel even more difficult.
Agoraphobia is technically a fear of large, open spaces. However, it is most frequently characterized by difficulty leaving what feels like the safety of the home. Getting treatment for agoraphobia becomes increasingly difficult for sufferers as they are unable to go to a therapy appointment.