Understanding the facts about anxiety disorders

Everyone feels anxiety at some point in their lives, but there are people who have difficulty coping with these feelings or controlling when they arise. Some individuals live with the constant feeling of anxiety that can become disruptive in daily routines. Below is a closer look at the reality of anxiety disorders and what can be done about them.

There are several types of anxiety disorders

The term “anxiety disorder” could refer to generalized anxiety disorder or a number of other common conditions. These include post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder. Diagnosing any of these conditions requires the ruling out of physical causes for anxiety and an assessment of the patient’s lifestyle and family health history.

More than 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. About 18% of American adults—40 million people—are affected by some type of anxiety disorder. Women are much more likely than men to suffer from anxiety disorders at some point in their lifetimes.

Anxiety disorders are often associated with coexisting conditions

There may be underlying causes or co-occurring conditions that worsen the symptoms of anxiety disorders. Alcohol abuse, depression, and other mental illnesses can all exacerbate or even cause anxiety disorders, so these conditions are all considered when a diagnosis and treatment plan is made. 

Treatment can help improve quality of life for most patients

Treatment for anxiety disorders may include a wide range of medications as well as psychotherapy in a group or individual setting. These therapies will not cure anxiety disorder, but they can provide patients with the means to cope and improve their quality of life significantly.

If you think that you may have an anxiety disorder, use the AnxietyAware Assessment tool offered by Edward Hospital on their website.  For immediate assistance and a free and confidential assessment, call the Linden Oaks 24/7 Help Line at (630) 305-5500.  

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