Anxiety, for most, is a feeling of uneasiness and apprehension. For some individuals, these feelings persist and lead one to distress. The distress prevents one from carrying out their normal daily activities and interests. One’s fears and worries can become overwhelming leading some to panic attacks and an inability to even leave their home.
Symptoms of anxiety can include disrupted sleep patterns, cold or sweaty hands or feet, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, not being able to sit still and remain calm, a dry mouth, dizziness, or nausea.
Even with research, we do not know exactly what causes anxiety disorders. However, it is believed that there are a combination of things including changes in your brain, environmental stress, and even genetics. We know that these anxiety disorders can run in families and can be linked to dysfunctional pathways in the brain that are responsible for controlling fear and other emotions.
But with treatment, you can learn to manage those feelings and get back to a normal way of life. Treatment begins first with scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician to rule out a medical explanation for your symptoms. Next, your physician will then refer you to an outpatient mental health facility that may include a psychiatric appointment if needed. In addition to medication, individual psychotherapy has proven effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
If you need help managing your anxiety and/or your anxious symptoms, please contact us today at 218-722-4880.