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                 Frequently Asked Questions – Anxiety

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  • Is anxiety disorder a Psychiatric illness? Doesn't everyone feel anxious sometimes?
    Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work and relationships, and they can manifest real physical symptoms
  • What are the five most common types of anxiety disorders?
    1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 3. Panic Disorder 4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 5. Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • How are anxiety disorders diagnosed?
    Psychiatrists diagnose someone as having an anxiety disorder if symptoms occur for six months on more, and significantly interfere with the person's ability to function at home, work or school. Doctors perform physical evaluations to rule out other causes for the symptoms of anxiety. Cardiovascular disease, thyroid problems, menopause, substance abuse and/or drug side effects, such as from steroids, may cause symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder
  • What are the risk factors for anxiety disorders?
    Researchers are finding that genetic and environmental factors are risk factors for anxiety disorders. Specific factors include: Ÿ Exposure to stressful life events or severe stressors in childhood and adulthood Ÿ Anxiety disorders in close biological relatives - Being female - Being divorced or widowed - Onset of a physical/ health problem - Absence of coping mechanisms and social support
  • What kinds of anxiety treatments are available and how effective are they?
    Anxiety disorders are generally treated with medication, psychotherapy or both. Antidepressants (for e.g. ssri's) are the mainstay of treatment. Anti-anxiety medications and beta-blockers may be added initially. Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) along with Stress-Management Techniques are combined with medications for effective relief. How well treatment works depends quite a bit on how the causes for the disorder are addressed.
  • What are natural ways to calm your anxiety?
    1. Exercise regularly---Go for a brisk walk, join an aerobics class or a gym, ride a bike, jog with friends or even go for a swim. 2. Take a class in yoga, learn progressive relaxation, meditation or do simple deep breathing. 3. A close confiding relationship of family members & trusted friends is your greatest protection against stress, so cultivate close emotional relationships 4. Listening to any type of music you find enjoyable, can help you relax 5. Take out time for yourself at least three times a week. Go out for a leisurely meal preferably with someone with whom you don't end up discussing business, read a novel over a cup of tea, switch off your phone ,sit quietly with your eyes closed & deep breathe. 6. Eat well balanced, nutritious meals. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes & decrease the intake of coffee, chocolates, sugar snacks 7. Get adequate sleep. 8. If you feel angry, walk away. Simply do deep breathing & count mentally up to 10, then look at the situation again. 9. Set reasonable standards for yourself and others. Don't expect perfection 10. Learn to identify and monitor stressors. Either try changing the situation by avoiding / altering the stressor or change your reaction by adapting / accepting the stressor.
  • Will I have to take anxiety medication my whole life?
    Some people do take medication to help manage anxiety symptoms long-term. Others may only require it for a few months. Medication works best with other treatments such as C.B.T and other stress reducing techniques
  • Will I ever feel "normal" again?
    Anxiety disorders are becoming better understood over time. With treatment, many people do enjoy a full and happy life without feeling limited by their anxiety disorder. A strong, caring support network is also part of managing anxiety disorders and living a normal life.