There are many different forms of anxiety disorders, however, there are many common symtoms that many of these disorders share which can help others identify if someone is suffering from an anxiety disorder. If you feel that something is not right with someone you care about and think they are suffering from the symtoms of anxeity, the best things to do is reach out and check up on them to see how they are doing. Also note that this is not a way to diagnose or label someone, and that only a mental health professional can can properly diagnose an individual with an anxiety disorder. Some of these symptoms include:
- A person indicating that they are very worried about future events and excessive anxiety.
- The person is having feelings of panic and the associated physiological reactions such as sweaty palms, heavy breathing, and increase in heart rate.
- The person talks about not sleeping well at night due to worries or anxiety.
- The person is having trouble concentrating due to other worries or anxiety.
- General signs of distress like negleting personal hygiene, weight gain or weight loss, decline in performance at school or work, or major changes in mood and withdrawal from activities or relationships.
- In addition to the symptoms, one should also consider the duration and levels of impairment lasting a few weeks or months and can lead to other health complications.
The easiest and best thing to do for an individual who you notice with these symtoms is to listen and talk about the thing(s) in his/her life that are the sources of their stress and being patient with what they need to say. Social support from family and friends have been shown tobe the best and most proactive against lowering the levels of anxiety. Things NOT to do would be the shame your friend or family member with comments like "just get over it" or "don't worry about it." Anxiety disorders are not something we can ingore, and it is crucial that we recognize these symtoms early and provide the proper help and resources that the individual needs.
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Fortunately, there are things you or someone you know who is experiencing anxiety disorders. There are many different options to try to relieve and manage these symtoms. Some natural remedies include exercising more often, eating a healthy and nutritious meal, and taking a few minutes of your day to focus on the way you breathe. In addition, there different anti-anxiety medications that are effective as well as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive and medication free treatment.
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