Anxiety is a number of disorders which are a cause of fear, panic, tension and stress. Anxiety disorders are common psychiatric conditions affecting both kids and adults. Around 40 million of American grown-ups experience all kinds of anxiety disorders on a daily basis. Unfortunately, only an estimated 1/3 of such patients receive an adequate treatment, although anxiety disorders can be successfully treatable, and there are non-addictive anti-anxiety medications already known to evidence-based medicine today.
Anxiety disorders can be divided into a few major types: GAD, OCD and PTSD. GAD – generalized anxiety disorder which includes a panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, selective mutism, agoraphobia, separation anxiety disorder and other certain kinds of phobias. OCD – an obsessive-compulsive disorder and PTSD – posttraumatic stress disorder, that are very closely related to anxiety disorders, which certain individuals can suffer from simultaneously on top with depression.
All of these disorders affect people’s emotions and behaviors that brings out physical symptoms. When a person is anxious, they feel nervous and stressed. There also may be one or several uncomfortable physical symptoms, like increased heart rate, nausea, headaches, dry mouth, sweating, fast breathing, chest pain, tremor and palpitation. However, a generic anxiety medication may very well help against these symptoms.
The major goal of treatment is to reduce or completely get rid of anxiety symptoms, both physical and emotional, so that they don’t affect a person’s quality of life. The course of treatment relies on the severity of a patient’s condition and must always be consulted with a specialist. However, there are normally two options to select from: non-medication and medication treatment. Non-medication treatment covers the following activities: counseling, anxiety management course, cognitive & behavioral therapy and self-help. Antidepressants are the most common medications to treat anxiety. They interfere with neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin) that can cause the symptoms of anxiety. Some patients experience worse symptoms once they start antidepressants course, for a short while. It is highly recommended to consult with a doctor, especially at the beginning of the treatment to eliminate complications.