Every person will feel anxious at some point in their lives. It is because anxiety is a physiological stress response. Your Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) activates in stressful situations, which kicks off a hormone rush. When you feel anxious, what you’re experiencing is your body going into “fight or flight” mode.
Now imagine an amplified stress response, feeling on edge in situations that are not generally viewed as apprehensive. In other words, a dysfunctional stress response that takes over your daily life may be an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are very different from mild anxiety. For example, one may be able to deal with everyday stress through meditation and breathwork. However, an individual with chronic panic disorder may not be able to control their thoughts and actions without extensive therapy.
So, how do you figure out if your heart racing is a panic attack? There are tons of self-assessment tools and tests available online. They may be a great starting point to determine whether you need to see a mental health professional. However, they are not a substitute for a professional diagnosis based on DSM-5
There are several types of anxiety disorders, and more often than not, they may overlap. In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of a large number of people and has worsened pre-existing mental health conditions for many.
Anxiety disorders are overwhelming and may seem like something you’ll have to struggle with forever. But the truth is, with appropriate treatment, recovery is possible.
Here’s a quick guide on major types of anxiety disorders and common treatment strategies.
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About the Author: Natalia Webster is the head of content for the EzCare clinic, a medical clinic that provides world-class health care services. She has been associated with the healthcare industry for 10+ years and specializes in health care and medical content
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