Anxiety surfaces in ways that can be difficult to spot at first. Sometimes, individuals come in for a dual issue, such as substance, and not recognize the severity of anxiety by which they are attempting to address. The pitfall with anxiety is that we are overcome with stimulus in our daily lives that can contribute to a series of anxious responses. Beyond one’s fight or flight response, anxiety can debilitate in a way that leaves individuals feelings scared, isolated and very alone in the process. Over 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety. The symptoms can have a wide range of expression and in many cases addresses through some healthy adaptive coping skills such as exercise, meditation and mindfulness. However, for many others, self-medicating with substances, engaging in maladaptive behaviors, and obsessively attempting to manage the symptoms creates a torrent of problems which causes the need for a higher level of intervention.
Seasons Recovery Centers recognizes that anxiety stems from various nature and nurture experiences for the individual. Traditionally, experts prefer to treat anxiety with medication and therapy, which historically provides some success, however, Seasons looks to go even further in working with the “whole system” that contributes to anxiety. In other words, moving beyond just our thoughts, feelings and behaviors: Looking at biology, family, support, physical, spiritual, profession, motivation, and most important of all, eliminating the need to re-create an old experience that consistently gets played out in our daily lives.
Main Types of Anxiety
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People with generalized anxiety disorder display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms.
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:
- Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty controlling the worry
- Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
People with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; sweating; trembling or shaking; sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking; and feeling of impending doom.
Panic disorder symptoms include:
- Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear
- Feelings of being out of control during a panic attack
- Intense worries about when the next attack will happen
- Fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past
Social Anxiety Disorder
People with social anxiety disorder (sometimes called “social phobia”) have a marked fear of social or performance situations in which they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others.
Social anxiety disorder symptoms include:
- Feeling highly anxious about being with other people and having a hard time talking to them
- Feeling very self-conscious in front of other people and worried about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected, or fearful of offending others
- Being very afraid that other people will judge them
- Worrying for days or weeks before an event where other people will be
- Staying away from places where there are other people
- Having a hard time making friends and keeping friends
- Blushing, sweating, or trembling around other people
- Feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach when other people are around