What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is normal and healthy when the fear motivates us to get out of danger, or
to prepare for a particular event, as long as we return to a normal state after the event has past.
Anxiety becomes a problem when we experience excessive irrational fears that begin to interfere with our day-to-day life and when it lasts for at least six months. The symptoms will become worse if left untreated.
Five common types of anxiety disorders are: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A person may suffer from just one or from several of these disorders at the same time. In addition, forty to fifty percent of the people who suffer from anxiety disorders also suffer from depression. The following is a brief overview of each of these anxiety disorders. (Check out our Top Picks for Quick Anxiety Relief!)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
People with generalized anxiety disorders tend to worry excessively about things. They feel restless and on edge. They find it difficult to control their worries and are often irritable and impatient. Due to their constant worrying, they experience muscle aches, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, sweating and nausea.
Social Anxiety Disorder
People with social anxiety have a fear of being embarrassed or humiliated.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
People with OCD harbor obsessions and ritual compulsions such as repeatedly washing their hands, cleaning and recleaning their house, constantly checking to see if they left the stove on, and hoarding.
Panic Anxiety Disorder
People with panic attack disorders experience repeated, unexpected
attacks of terror, accompanied by dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, sweating, and heart palpitations. Often they are rushed to the hospital because their symptoms so closely resemble a heart attack.Native Remedies Agorafear Relief
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Many people develop PTSD symptoms after experiencing a severe traumatic event such as rape, physical abuse, physical assault, or wartime experiences. These individuals may become so preoccupied with the traumatic experience that they are unable to lead a normal life.
They constantly relive the trauma in the form of recurring flashbacks or nightmares. They begin avoiding situations that trigger these feelings. They feel agitated and irritable and have trouble concentrating, sleeping and are easily startled.
Whether or not you are experiencing the above types of anxiety disorders or are just experiencing every day normal anxiety, you might want to consider contacting a holistic doctor or your primary care physician for an evaluation.
Ask your doctor about incorporating natural supplements for anxiety into your treatment plan.
If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects. If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling (psychotherapy) for symptoms to improve