Anxiety disorders are marked by extreme stress and worry. The individuals who suffer from this disorder experience these feelings so intensely that it can interfere with their relationships, their jobs, and their day-to-day life.
Those who suffer from this condition usually turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with symptoms caused by anxiety disorder. Often times this is referred to by the individual suffering from the disorder as “taking the edge off”
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S, over 18.1% of the population over age 18.
While these numbers may seem alarmingly high to the average individual, those who work in the behavioral health field will tell you it is no surprise.
Individuals who suffer from the addiction often find temporary relief from drugs and alcohol, unfortunately over a period of time they may become addicted to the substances they are using, requiring more substances to cope with the underlining anxiety issues they are suffering from.
The cause of anxiety disorders is still uncertain, though studies suggest they may be due to varying levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. This imbalance likely results in an unrest of the psychological state.
Whatever the cause, anxiety disorders are a serious condition that, when left untreated, can result in even more severe mental or physical health problems.
Types Of Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
Symptoms Of Anxiety:
While not everyone will experience anxiety in the same way, some of the most common symptoms of anxiety include:
- An elevated heart rate
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain
- Quickened breathing
- Shallow breathing