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Symptoms, causes, and treatments for Anxiety

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Symptoms of Anxiety

Being anxious and having a chronic anxiety disorder are very different symptoms. We all get anxious from time to time, be it at work or in our personal lives.

However, having symptoms that comprise an anxiety disorder likely means you have trouble coping with normal, everyday life and experience frequent episodes of anxiety.

The National Institute of Mental Health has classified several forms of anxiety disorders, including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder

You may have one or more anxiety disorders, including others not listed above, that are diagnosable by a mental health professional.

Anxiety, in terms of a mental health condition in need of treatment, presents itself in the following ways:

  • Constant fear or terror of various daily interactions or tasks
  • Overwhelming worry about generally non-dangerous things
  • Fear and worry turn into severe panic without warning, causing a panic attack
  • Avoiding places, people, or actions that put you in an anxious state and trigger your disorder

Additional symptoms that can accompany several types of anxiety disorders include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling weak
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Tense muscles
  • Trembling

Causes of Anxiety

Some anxiety disorders may appear in early childhood through young adulthood. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, social anxiety disorders affect children around age 13, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders begin at a median age of 19. Adults can develop several forms of anxiety disorders throughout their lifetime.

There’s no single root cause for developing an anxiety disorder. However, a genetic predisposition may be responsible. For example, your family may have biological differences or deficiencies making your brain prone to an anxiety disorder.

The onset of an anxiety disorder can be sudden, even if you haven’t experienced previous issues with chronic anxiety.

Should I Be Worried?

If you feel anxious because of a particularly difficult time in your life, it doesn’t mean you have a full-on disorder.

However, diagnosed anxiety disorders are serious, chronic mental illnesses that need to be treated and managed by a professional.

Don’t go it alone. See a doctor immediately if you believe you’re suffering from chronic anxiety. ZOOM+Care has board-certified mental health professionals available without referral. You can also visit any ZOOM+Care to treat your anxiety symptoms. See a doctor immediately if you’re experiencing anxiety along with any of the following:

  • You feel simultaneously depressed and anxious
  • You feel like you’re losing control of you anxiety
  • You’re abusing drugs and/or alcohol
  • Your anxiety begins to affect your work and/or personal life

If at any point your anxiety turns toward suicidal thoughts, you should call 9-1-1 immediately or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They’re staffed with trained crisis workers who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Schedule an anxiety visit with a mental health specialist online or from our iOS app today*.

*Note: You must be 18 or older to see a mental health specialist at ZOOM+Care.

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