Anxiety Disorder

There is no way to predict what will cause someone to develop an anxiety disorder. But once you have been diagnosed with anxiety, you can explore anxiety treatment options. For some people, medical treatment isn’t necessary and lifestyle changes may be enough to cope with the symptoms. For others with moderate to severe depression, medication or treatment through a psychologist or therapist can provide you with tools and coping strategies you can use to help manage your anxiety.

Normal Anxiety

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life and is your body’s natural response to stress. It is normal to feel anxious about moving to a new place, starting a new job, public speaking, taking a test, or the first day of school. These are a few examples that may cause people to feel nervous and fearful. Symptoms may start during childhood or teen years and continue into adulthood.

Symptoms of anxiety:

  • Restlessness, feeling nervous or tense
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Rapid breathing (hyperventilation)
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty controlling worry
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • A sense of impending danger, panic or doom

Symptoms of an anxiety attack:

  • Fear and distress
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Worry and apprehension

Anxiety can also be a side effect of certain medications or an underlying medical condition or illness. Inherited traits can also be a trigger, as well as traumatic life experiences.

Anxiety in children and teenagers is natural and common. Nervousness, shyness, jitteriness, shame, and feelings of isolation are common in these situations. The most common treatments include talk therapy and medication.

Anxiety Disorder Treatment

It is important to understand that anxiety disorders can be treated, even in severe cases. Although anxiety usually doesn’t go away, you can manage it and live a healthy, happy life.

To learn more about anxiety treatment in Houston, Texas, call NH Hospital at (281) 397-1530.