Anxiety, Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety Symptoms, Causes of Anxiety Disorders, Anxiety Prevention and Treatment

Anxiety, Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety Symptoms, Causes of Anxiety Disorders, Anxiety Prevention and Treatment

Anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of anxiety disorder tend to expect disaster and can''t stop worrying about health, money, family, work, or school. The anxiety dominates the person''s thinking that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities, and relationships. Severe anxiety can have a serious impact on daily life.

Symptoms of Anxiety

• Trembling
• Churning stomach
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Headache
• Backache
• Heart palpitations
• Numbness in arms, hands or legs
• Sweating
• Restlessness
• Easily tired
• Trouble concentrating
• Irritability
• Muscle tension
• Frequent urination
• Trouble falling or staying asleep

Causes of Anxiety

• Trauma from events such as abuse, victimization, or the death of a loved one
• Stress in a personal relationship, marriage, friendship, and divorce
• Stress at work or school
• Stress about finances and money
• Stress from a natural disaster
• Lack of oxygen in high altitude areas
• Stress from a serious medical illness
• Side effects of medication
• Lack of oxygen from emphysema, or pulmonary embolism
• Intoxication from an illicit drug, such as cocaine or amphetamines
• Genetics
• Brain chemistry

Self treatment

• Learn to manage stress in your life
• Learn a variety of relaxation techniques
• Practice deep abdominal breathing. This consists of breathing in deeply and slowly through your nose, taking the air right down to your abdomen, and then breathing out slowly and gently through your mouth
• Make a list of the negative thoughts you have, and write a list of positive, believable thoughts to replace them. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
• Picture yourself successfully facing a specific fear
• Talk with a person who is supportive
• Meditate
• Exercise
• Take a long, warm bath
• Rest in a dark room

Prevention of Anxiety

• Reducing caffeine, tea, cola, and chocolate consumption
• Exercising regularly
• Eating healthy foods
• Keeping a regular sleep pattern
• Seeking counseling and support after a traumatic or disturbing experience
• Avoiding alcohol, cannabis