Alternative Therapies – Living With Anxiety: Ways To Manage Its Symptoms

Anxiety is a feeling that can come and go without warning, or it can be something that we deal with on a daily basis. There are many things you can do to manage your anxiety such as staying focused, practicing mindfulness, and even learning how to meditate. You’ll want to learn more about how you can live with anxiety by reading this brief. Living with anxiety can be one of the most difficult challenges you will ever face in your lifetime. It’s not like you choose to have it, or that you can simply wish it away.

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety disorders are a type of mental illness that causes the sufferer to experience extreme and irrational fear. Symptoms can include a pounding heart, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and being so tense or restless that it’s hard to sit still. This can be debilitating for those who have an anxiety disorder as it leads to lack of sleep, isolation from friends and family, and avoidance of certain situations. Luckily, there are treatments for this condition including medication as well as talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Dialectical Behavior Therapy. It’s important to understand that not everyone with anxiety needs treatment and often times just needs support from family and friends. Resources on living with an Anxiety Disorder can be found in the second part of this article.

Types Of Anxiety Disorders
There are many different anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the most common of all anxiety disorders with 6 million adults in the United States living with this condition. Those who live with GAD know the distress and worry that come along with living with anxiety quite well. The GAD person finds themselves worrying about day-to-day activities such as what they will wear to work, whether or not they locked the front door if their bills are paid on time, etc. They find themselves living in a constant state of worry and agitation.

Panic Disorder
Panic Disorder is the sudden onset of intense fear or terror that usually peaks within 10 minutes. A person living with Panic Disorder has an overwhelming sense of impending danger, often to the point where they believe they are having a heart attack or about to die. These persons will often go to the emergency room due to their fear that something is physically wrong with them. Panic Disorder affects 6 million adults in the United States and can cause a person living with it to avoid certain places and situations, which only worsens the symptoms.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is an intense fear of being judged or negatively evaluated by others, leading to avoidance of social situations. These persons usually dread everyday activities such as eating in front of others, speaking up at a meeting, or giving a presentation at work. They will often have panic attacks before these events and feel very uncomfortable during them. Social Anxiety Disorder affects 15 million adults living in the United States with women living with it twice as much as men.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after living through or witnessing a terrifying event such as war, sexual assault, or physical abuse. While living with PTSD we often feel disconnected from events and living life around us. We experience flashbacks about the event and may even avoid people and places that remind us of the event. People living with PTSD often experience symptoms like anxiety, depression, angry outbursts, and avoiding people or situations because they are afraid to have a panic attack.

About 1 in 9 adults living in the United States will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at some point in their lives.

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