More than 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety yearly. That is more than 18% of the population. Thus, the negative impact of this disorder is felt nationwide.
Anxiety is a normal stress reaction. It can also be triggered by the anticipation of future challenges or events.
Stressful situations such as going for an interview or meeting a new person can trigger anxiety. When anxiety is prolonged and lasts for months, it becomes a problem.
This problem is called an anxiety disorder.
While there is no precise recognized cause, there are certain contributing risk factors. This includes
Anxiety can cause a lot of behavioral changes. It can make you scared and worried. It can also affect your blood pressure and lead to profuse sweating.
People with anxiety disorders are usually worried, frightened, or anxious for long periods. If you are experiencing this, it’s time to take action.
Anxiety can lead to the following disorders
Panic disorders– This refers to repeated panic attacks. People who suffer from this disorder are usually worried or anxious about the next attack. This can lead to a vicious cycle of attacks.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)– People suffer from this disorder because of a traumatic event in their past. It is usually triggered by an action or event.
Social Anxiety Disorder- People who suffer from this disorder are extremely anxious in social situations. They worry about being judged by others.
Phobias– This refers to extreme fear of an object or an anticipated event. Examples of phobias include acrophobia and claustrophobia.
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)– People with this disorder suffer from illogical thoughts. This compels them to do things in a specific pattern or order. They might also do these things repeatedly.
Diagnosis is usually carried out by your healthcare provider. There are no tests needed to diagnose an anxiety disorder.
However, your healthcare provider must perform tests that rule out other conditions.
Your complete medical history will also be requested.
You can treat anxiety at home or with medical help.
Home remedies usually require some form of lifestyle change. This includes
In some situations, home remedies might not be enough. This is especially true if it is an anxiety disorder.
When anxiety disorder is severe, medications and some form of therapy might be needed. Your primary health care provider can provide you with more information.
It is not uncommon for children to develop anxiety disorders. When this happens, it can hurt the child’s development and social life.
Isolation, shame, and extreme clumsiness are consequences of anxiety disorders in children. Medications and cognitive behavioral therapy can help children during this difficult period.
You should see your primary provider if you have persistent feelings of worry or anxiety. That will ensure the issue is treated as soon as possible.
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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 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.
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.