What is Anxiety Disorder?

Every person will experience being anxious at some point in their life at work, school or before they have to make important decisions. In fact, many people will feel anxious for a variety of reasons fairly regularly from day to day.   For someone with an anxiety disorder,  however, this feeling will often be much different. In these situations, worry and fear can become debilitating and can drastically impact both their daily function and quality of life.

Anxiety disorder can be used to describe a variety of different symptoms that commonly affect different individuals within a society. This will often include specific phobias, panic disorders, social anxiety disorder,  or a more generalized anxiety disorder. 

What Causes Anxiety Disorder?

While researchers still aren’t quite sure what causes anxiety disorders, studies on other forms of mental illness may be able to provide some valuable insight. Most commonly, researchers believe that anxiety disorders stem from a unique combination of environmental stress, changes in the brain, or a genetic predisposition. Disorders have been found to run in families and could be linked to overactive brain circuits responsible for controlling fear or other emotional traits.

Currently, the only diagnosis for an anxiety disorder is given from a doctor or therapist after examining a patient and reviewing their medical and family history. During this appointment,  tests to rule out potential medical illnesses may be done, as well as questions intended to identify contributing factors that would explain changes in mood or feelings of anxiety.  It is important to note that no current lab tests can specifically diagnose the presence of anxiety disorders. As you might imagine, this means that being completely honest with your health care professional is critical for the right diagnosis.

What are the Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder?

While every specific anxiety diagnosis is clinically considered different, these disorders will typically all share the same general symptoms. For this reason, determining the type of anxiety disorder that a person is facing maybe a little more difficult without the support of a professional. Some common symptoms include overwhelming panic or fear, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, dry mouth and more. Anyone regularly experiencing these issues could have an underlying anxiety disorder that is not currently being treated.

The worry that accompanies anxiety disorders will often be irrational when compared to the events that lead up to or contribute to feelings of dread. For many people, this worrying will often become incredibly intrusive and make it harder to accomplish normal, everyday tasks. 

Although anxiety disorders can feel debilitating, many people have found help through therapy, neurofeedback and other natural treatments, and, in some cases,  medication designed to help eliminate or manage the symptoms associated with anxiety.  If you or someone you know is suffering from these symptoms, remember you don’t have to suffer alone.  There is help available.   

How can Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists help?

ONS is here to help you better manage your anxiety.  We specialize in treating anxiety by addressing the underlying cause as well as teaching practical coping skills to minimize the impact anxiety can have on your life.   

How Can Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists Help? We invite you to read more about the Neurofeedback process to get started.

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