Anxiety and Stress Disorder

Fear and stress affects everyone at some point in their life and most people express some type of anxiety. However, for some people these present as an intense disorder, having persistent and disproportional worry and fear about daily life situations.

Some of the most common forms of anxiety disorder include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Panic disorder.
  • Social phobia.
  • Specific phobias.

Anxiety and Stress Disorder Symptoms

Anxiety and abnormal stress have some common signs and symptoms.  These may manifest as physical and psychological symptoms.

Physical Symptoms include:

  • Increased heart rate.
  • Sweating
  • Hyperventilation
  • Trembling
  • Sleep problems.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Dizziness

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Feeling panic, fear, nervous.
  • Concentrating troubles.
  • Avoiding daily life situations.
  • Easily crying.
  • Frequent and rapid change of humor. 

Causes  – Anxiety & Stress Disorder

Like many other mental illnesses, anxiety disorder is not completely understood. However, there are some well-known factors such that include:

  • Thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism).
  • Heart diseases.
  • Drugs and alcohol withdrawal.
  • Some tumors.
  • Family history (traumatic life event)

 

Diagnosis – Anxiety and Stress Disorder 

To diagnose your condition our Family Medicine Doctors will seek to recognize whether the underlying cause of your condition is related to a physical health problem or not. However, if your condition is extreme, our psychiatric experts may perform specific mental tests to suggest alternative treatment options.

Treatment – Anxiety and Stress Disorder

Searching for help while dealing with anxiety and abnormal stress is very important. There are several treatment options for these conditions.

  • Medication

Some of the treatment options to relieve the symptoms, according to your stage disorder are:

  • Acute medications

Using sedatives, such as benzodiazepines or beta-blockers are required in the most acute cases, in order to reduce the physical symptoms. Although, it doesn’t solve the underlying disorder.

  • Long-term medications

After solving the acute anxiety attack, long-term treatment with anti-depressants maybe required. In most cases, for over 6 months to 1 year.

  • Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy involves having regular conversations with a therapist and can be the most important part of the treatment.

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