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What Is Anxiety Disorder And What Are The Symptoms?

May 10, 2008
Having anxiety disorders are more common around the world that we think and in general, affects women more than men. In the US alone, about 20% of the adult population is affected by some form of this mental condition. The different forms of anxiety disorder includes obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety and some forms of phobias.

The development of anxiety is usually caused by factors such as family genetics, chemical/hormonal imbalance in the brain and environmental issues such as unresolved issues at home/work, built up stress as well as fixed defined behavioral patterns in the individual.

There are several physical symptoms that are tell tale signs of an anxiety attack. These manifestations include irritation, insomnia, tension, shortness of breath, feeling chest pains, rapid heartbeats and dizziness. Even though anxiety is prevalent in our society and can sometimes be rather serious, the silver lining is that is it definitely treatable.

Individuals affected by anxiety have many treatment options at their disposal. The most common form of treatment is of course to use anti anxiety medicines and antidepressants as medication which can also be used together with other forms of treatment. These medications are prescribed by the doctors and can be used in short and long term cases depending on the situation.

Therapies which are conducted by counselors and therapist are an excellent treatment for anxiety disorders. Some of these therapies include behavior therapy, which involves the control of unwanted behavior and cognitive therapy, which is about getting rid of negative thought patterns in the individual. Other popular therapies include cognitive behavior therapy as well as relaxation and calming techniques such as aromatherapy, breathing and massage.

Anxiety disorders and symptoms can also be treated by natural remedies such as exercising and taking of diet supplements such as vitamin B complex. Eating right is also important to maintain blood sugar levels.

Anxiety disorders can be treated-or at the very least, its symptoms managed-so that you can exert control over the anxiety instead of anxiety having control over you.
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Rachel Andrews is the owner of the anxiety and panic attacks site. Do sign up for her newsletter and learn more about eliminating your anxieties and panic attacks forever! Don't let this illness consume your precious life as it is treatable.
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