All of us feel anxiety at times such as a new job or taking a test, but those occasions are brief and easily overcome. Anxiety is a normal emotion.
Anxiety/Fear Disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with activities of daily living.
For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life. And you do not always need prescription drugs. There are many different ways to treat these disorders.
Types of Disorders
Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes different conditions:
- Panic disorder. You feel terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may also sweat, have chest pain, and feel palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.
- Social anxiety disorder. Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate about others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed.
- Specific phobias. You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying or snakes. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.
- Generalized anxiety disorder. You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason. Many times you cannot rest or sleep well from the constant fearful thoughts that are always present.
Researchers don’t know exactly what brings on anxiety disorders. Like other forms of mental illness, they stem from a combination of things, including changes in your brain and environmental stress, and even your genes. The disorders can run in families and could be linked to faulty circuits in the brain that control fear and other emotions
Most people with the condition try one or more of these therapies:
- Medication: Many antidepressants can work for anxiety disorders. But there can be side effects to most of these medications.
- Psychotherapy: This is a type of counseling that addresses the emotional response to mental illness. A mental health specialist helps you by talking about how to understand and deal with your anxiety disorder.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy/Hypnosis: This is a certain type of psychotherapy that teaches you how to recognize and change thought patterns and behaviors that trigger deep anxiety or panic.
- Dr Jhon has had many years experience with Anxiety and Fear and can use CBT and Cold Laser to lessen the anxiety and teach you some positive behavioral habits to overcome the patterns of the past.
These tips may help you control or lessen your symptoms:
- Cut down on foods and drinks that have caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, and chocolate. Caffeine is a mood-altering drug, and it may make symptoms of anxiety disorders worse.
- Eat right, exercise, and get better sleep. Brisk aerobic exercises like jogging and biking help release brain chemicals that cut stress and improve your mood.
- Sleep problems and anxiety disorder often go hand in hand. Make getting good rest a priority. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine. Talk to your doctor if you still have trouble sleeping. Hypnosis can help you set up a healthy sleeping schedule, where you rest fully and your mind is restored each night.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter meds or herbal remedies. Many contain chemicals that can make anxiety symptoms worse.
- Dr Jhon uses Cold Laser, Hypnosis and Supplements to lessen your anxiety/fearful patterns of the past. With just a few weeks of treatment you will have the skills you need for a lifetime.