What is an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is a natural and often healthy emotion that can be described as a sense of nervousness, worry, fear about the future. Anxiety turns into a disorder when excessive, uncontrollable, irrational thoughts begin to interfere with daily activities.

Anxiety Disorders are Medical Conditions that can Affect:

The Body

Chest pain, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, dizziness, stomach discomfort, nausea, tiredness, trembling, muscle tightness, tingling in the hands and feet or trouble sleeping.

Behaviors

Rituals that seem impossible to control, being easily startled, avoidance of people, places, and/or things, limiting life experiences or the inability to sit still.

Thoughts

Excessive worrying about everyday life, fear of dying, repeated unwanted thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks. Irritability, anger, trouble focusing, numbing of emotions or expecting the worst outcome to a situation even though it is unlikely.

Factors Which May Cause Anxiety Disorders:

– TRAUMATIC LIFE EXPERIENCES
– ONGOING STRESSORS SUCH AS FINANCES OR UNSTABLE HOME LIFE
– GENETIC TRAITS
– SUBSTANCE ABUSE
– OTHER MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER

Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety:

– EATING A HEALTHY DIET
– LIMITING CAFFEINE
– ABSTAINING FROM ALCOHOL
– QUIT SMOKING
– EXERCISE OFTEN
– MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
– PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS