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    What Are Anxiety Disorders?

    What Are Anxiety Disorders?

    There are several kinds of Anxiety Disorders:

    Panic disorder. People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking. It can feel like you’re having a heart attack or “going crazy.”

    Social anxiety disorder. Also called social phobia, this involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.

    Specific phobias. These are intense fears of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause you to avoid common, everyday situations.

    Generalized anxiety disorder. This is excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there’s little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.

    What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?

    It depends on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:

    Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
    Problems sleeping
    Cold or sweaty hands or feet
    Shortness of breath
    Heart palpitations
    Not being able to be still and calm
    Dry mouth
    Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
    Muscle tension

    What Are the Causes of Anxiety Disorders?

    The exact cause of anxiety disorders is unknown, but anxiety disorders — like other forms of mental illness – are not the result of personal weakness, a character flaw, or poor upbringing. As scientists continue their research on mental illness, it is becoming clear that many of these disorders are caused by a combination of factors, including changes in the brain and environmental stress.

    How Are Anxiety Disorders Diagnosed?

    If symptoms of an anxiety disorder are present, consult your doctor will begin an evaluation by asking you questions about your medical history and performing a physical exam. If no medical illness is found, you may be referred to a mental health professional who is specially trained to diagnose and treat anxiety disorders.

    If you feel you maybe suffering from anxiety – make an appointment with a fully trained and qualified BCS Counselor who will help you understand and deal with your anxiety disorder.  MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

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