Every person experiences anxiety now and again. Going through a huge life change, public speaking, and financial issues can all bring on hints of nervousness and distress. But for some people, the feeling of anxiety can be so overpowering that it can take over their everyday life. How can you tell if your anxiety is normal, or if you have an anxiety disorder? This week, we’ll talk about some of the ways severe anxiety can manifest, and when it may be time to speak with a doctor.
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illnesses, all of which cause people to feel excessive, continuous anxiety. Some of these illnesses include:
As stated, anxiety presents itself in many different forms. Because having a variant of these symptoms is considered normal, it can be hard to distinguish between “normal” anxiety, and getting an official diagnosis. But, if you’re feeling an excess of these symptoms, you might consider speaking with a medical professional.
Like is any disease or disorder, treatment can vary from person to person. Anxiety disorders can be very treatable. Most people find symptom relief and can improve their quality of life through professional care. Some find that speaking with a professional psychologist or counselor can relive their symptoms to the point of living a normal and productive life. Others may find relief of symptoms through prescribed medication. On very rare occasions, one may need to receive in-patient treatment through a mental health facility.
Your provider will give you an individualized treatment plan after conducting a comprehensive assessment. Treatment can take anywhere from days to months to become successful. If you are suffering from more than one anxiety disorder, meaningful treatment may take longer. It’s important to be patient and remain hopeful while receiving treatment. If your symptoms become worse, consult your provider immediately.
If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, getting support is an essential part of a healthy recovery. Seek out others that are successfully getting treated and are thriving, despite their disorder. Confide in a trusted friend or family member. Also, organizations such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America have comprehensive information about the various disorders and a list of support groups in your area.
Are you concerned you may have an anxiety disorder? The medical professionals at Miami Center of Excellence are here to help. Give us a call today, or make an appointment online.