Anxiety

Make no mistake, anxiety is very common. Around 20% of Americans currently have anxiety. That number does not include children and teenagers.

Learning more about anxiety is necessary to prevent or manage it better.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is increased feelings of worry, tension, and stress because of a perceived distressing situation.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to external pressure. It is the body’s defense against problems and a way of ensuring survival. When a person faces danger, the body releases a hormone and a rush of adrenaline.

This hormone causes a chain reaction that leads to a fight or flight response from the person.

Anxiety usually subsides when the danger subsides. However, if anxious and intrusive thoughts persist for prolonged periods, it becomes anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are more serious and can disrupt your daily activities.

What does Anxiety Feel Like?

A person who is anxious will feel tense, nervous, and on high alert. They are also prone to panic. A person who is suffering from anxiety disorder will feel the same way.

The only difference is that their anxious thoughts are prolonged and more severe.

What is the Difference Between Panic Attacks and Anxiety?

Anxiety is an increased level of worry or stress about a present or future event. Panic attacks are more sudden and surprising.

Someone suffering from panic attacks will experience dizziness, numbness, and breathlessness. However, panic attacks typically do not last as long as anxiety.

What Causes Anxiety?

Several things can cause anxiety. They include

What are the Types of Anxiety Disorders?

Selective Mutism

This type of anxiety affects children. It prevents them from expressing themselves in specific situations. This might be at school or at home.

Selective mutism can disrupt the child’s development.

Agoraphobia

This is a fear of visiting places that cause panic or anxiety. These places might also make the person feel embarrassed or trapped.

Separation Disorder

This anxiety disorder starts during childhood. It is a fear of separation caused by the abandonment of a parent or guardian.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People who suffer from this form of anxiety experience consistent worry and anxiety.

The level of anxiety and worry they express often does not match the gravity of the event. The event or situation might be a minor or important event.

Generalized anxiety disorder can affect a person physically. Having this form of anxiety does not stop you from having others.

Social Anxiety Disorder

People who suffer from social anxiety disorder often feel anxious or embarrassed in social settings.

Most of their anxiety comes from the fear of being embarrassed or judged by others.

Substance-Induced Anxiety

As the name implies, this form of anxiety is a direct consequence of abusing illicit drugs and substances. It can also be a withdrawal symptom. It can also be caused by the side effects of some prescribed medications.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a state of sudden intense terror. It is usually swift and heightened.

As earlier stated, people who suffer from panic attacks or disorders will experience symptoms such as dizziness and breathlessness.

Other Forms of Anxiety

Certain medical conditions can cause anxiety. Thyroid and lung disease are classic examples.

Anxiety can also be triggered by a particular object or event. In some situations, an object or event-induced anxiety can lead to a panic attack.

What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Risk Factors for Developing Anxiety Disorder

Diagnosing Anxiety/Anxiety Disorder

Diagnosing anxiety is done by a healthcare provider and mental health specialist. If you believe you have anxiety, see your doctor immediately.

They might conduct some physical evaluation to rule out any physical medical condition.

Seeing a mental health expert is necessary if you have an anxiety disorder. To present a diagnosis, they might ask for a psychological evaluation.

The mental health expert will also use the guidelines in DSM-5 to accurately diagnose your condition.

What are the Likely Treatments for Anxiety?

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy aims at teaching people the effect their emotions have on their behavior. Throughout the therapy, the therapist will offer suggestions on how to manage your condition better.

A popular form of psychotherapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This therapy helps patients to transform negative thoughts into positive ones.

It also teaches ways to better handle anxiety and tough situations.

Golden Gate Recovery is your best bet if you are thinking of going for therapy. They have experienced mental health professionals and therapists that are ready to provide any assistance needed.

Medications

Several medications can be used to treat and manage anxiety disorder. They include

Natural Remedies

Some lifestyle changes and habits can also help if you have an anxiety disorder. They include

Is Anxiety Disorder Curable?

Anxiety disorders can be managed with effective treatment. Depending on its severity, symptoms might fade within months or years of treatment.

However, anxiety is part of who we are as humans. So, you will still get anxious. However, it will be normal anxiety that lasts for a short period.

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If you have signs of anxiety disorder, seek help immediately. Organizations like Golden Gate Recovery are always ready to help.

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Therapist

Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

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Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.