Everybody feels anxiety. Worry and fear are a part of everyone’s life. However, when anxiety symptoms become overwhelming and begin to disrupt your everyday life, you may have an anxiety disorder. Understanding the nature of anxiety is the best way to figure out if that feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach is more than it seems.
Physical anxiety symptoms include:
A pounding or rapid heartbeat.
Shortness of breath.
Mental anxiety symptoms include:
Feeling dread or panic.
Everyone is unique, and anxiety affects people differently. Therefore, these lists are not exhaustive but contain the most common anxiety symptoms. Please remember that anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone feels it, and when it persists and affects essential aspects of your life, a specialist can diagnose an anxiety disorder and prescribe an effective anxiety treatment.
There are several different anxiety disorders. The most common are:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Anxiety manifests in many circumstances and is not always predictable. Symptoms persist through most days in a 6-month period.
Agoraphobia. Fear of being unable to escape a place. For example, airplanes, wide-open spaces, small rooms, etc.
Social Anxiety Disorder. Intense fear of social judgment. Often focused on public performance. Also, intense fear of showing anxiety in public.
Specific Phobias. The great fear of a particular situation or object. The fear is disproportional to the danger posed—for example, elevators, ladders, needles, etc.
Separation Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety about being away from someone you are close to, such as a parent, friend, or mentor.
The most common treatments for anxiety include:
Psychotherapy. A professional therapist will help you adjust your thinking about what gives you anxiety. Alternatively, a therapist will sometimes expose you to your fears in small increments in a secure setting. Exposure therapy can desensitize you to your anxiety triggers.
Medication. Different drugs can alleviate anxiety symptoms but cannot treat the underlying cause.
Self-directed coping methods. Exercise, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can reduce stress and control anxiety symptoms. In addition, many experts suggest that people with anxiety avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
However, there is ONE method that is faster, safer and easier than everything else: subconscious reprogramming!