Anxiety is a general term for several mental health disorders that cause fear, apprehension, nervousness and worry. Anxiety disorders affect how you feel and behave and can manifest actual physical symptoms. Mild anxiety can be upsetting, while severe anxiety can be debilitating and seriously affects one’s life. Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You may feel anxious over a job interview or when making an important decision, but anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry and fear and can interfere with daily activities such as school, work, and relationships. An estimated 40 million adults (18%) of adults in the US have an anxiety disorder. Treatment focuses on several types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
BlueSky Behavioral Health’s treatment approach places a focus on mental health symptoms, and therapists treat anxiety disorders through individualized therapy, group therapy and complementary treatments including Yoga and Meditation. Therapy is individualized and directed at the person’s specific anxieties.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involve unrealistic, excessive anxiety or worry about everyday things for months and include symptoms such as irritability, muscle tension, difficulty controlling the worry, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems and restlessness. Those with GAD often expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason to be concerned. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day causes anxiety. Panic disorder involves having recurrent unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden episodes of intense fear that may include rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, feeling short of breath, heart palpitations and feeling of impending doom. Panic disorder symptoms include sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear, feelings of being out of control, intense worries about when the next panic attack will happen and fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have happened in the past.
Social anxiety disorder is often referred to as social phobia and involves a marked fear of social events or performance situations in which one expects to feel judged, embarrassed, fearful of offending others or rejected. Symptoms of social anxiety include: