What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. Fear is a feeling that you feel on first day of school, most people are anxious and nervous about interviewing or giving a speech. However, if your anxiety is so severe that it lasts more than 6 months and affects your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety alters the way a person processes emotions and behaves, and also causes somatic symptoms. Mild anxiety can be vague and distracting, but intense anxiety can have serious consequences for your daily life.

Causes of Anxiety

Researchers are unsure what the exact cause of the concern is. However, a combination of certain factors plays a role in causing anxiety. It may include environmental, and genetic factors or brain chemistry as well. The researchers also believe that the part of the brain that controls anxiety may be affected.

Here are three main suspected causes of anxiety;

  1. Chemical imbalance

Severe or prolonged stress can alter the chemical balance that regulates mood. Excessive stress over a long period of time can cause anxiety disorders.

  • Environmental factors

Any trauma in life can cause anxiety disorder, especially in people who has inherited a higher risk to start.

  • Heredity

Anxiety disorders are usually inherited. Like eye color, it can be inherited from one or both parents.

Treatment of Anxiety

  1. Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also known as a speech therapist or psychological counseling, involves working with a therapist to reduce symptoms of anxiety. It can be an effective remedy for anxiety.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective and common method of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. CBT, aims to teach specific skills to a person suffering from anxiety disorders to improve their mental health and gradually return to activities that are avoided due to anxiety. Find an expert therapist for your anxiety symptoms on Bright Beginnings Counseling.

  • Medications

Different types of medications are used to relieve from anxiety, depending on the type of anxiety disorder and other physical or mental health problems.

Benzodiazepines can reduce anxiety, panic, and anxiety. They work quickly, but they can resist. This decreases efficiency over time. Your doctor may prescribe a short-term medication for anxiety and reduce it or mix it with an antidepressant.

Anyone who wants to change their approach to treating anxiety disorders after taking antidepressants for a long time should ask their doctor what is the best way to avoid taking the drug.

  • Mindfulness

When someone feels anxious, spending a lot of time distracting from negative thoughts can help a lot. Mindfulness directs our attention back to the present moment and helps to get rid of potentially useless thoughts.

  • Dietary adjustments

Mineral magnesium helps in relaxing muscle tissue, and magnesium deficiency can cause anxiety and insomnia. Inadequate intake of vitamins B and calcium can also worsen symptoms of anxiety. Make sure to include whole grains, leafy greens, and low-fat dairy products in your daily diet.

  • Exercise

Develop a daily routine to be physically active most of the days of the week. Exercise is a powerful stress reliever. This will help improve your mood and keep you healthy.

Contact Our Office

Anxiety disorders can make everyday life difficult. Symptoms of anxiety disorders include nervousness, panic, and anxiety. Physical symptoms such as sweating and palpitations may also occur. But you don’t have to live like that. There are many treatments available for anxiety. Medications that can help with treatment include tricyclic antidepressants, antidepressants, beta-blockers, and benzodiazepines. Talk to your doctor about any serious side effects or withdrawal symptoms after stopping treatment.

Treatment for anxiety disorders includes psychotherapy, medication, mindfulness and lifestyle changes. Treatment varies from person to person depending on the underlying condition and type of anxiety. Give us a call at (208) 878-7008 to get you the right help and start helping you have a better life.

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