Anxiety is a blanket term for lots of different anxiety disorders. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, and other similar problems such as panic disorder, agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Symptoms from these disorders can be mental and physical, as mental disarray can cause physical repercussions. MayoClinic lists some of the symptoms of GAD as:
constant worrying or obsession over problems whether they are big or small
restlessness or feeling on edge
feeling out of control
muscle tension or aches
trembling, feeling twitchy or being easily started
nausea or diarrhea
shortness of breah
And the list goes on. Symptoms differ from person to person, so if you feel you may have an anxiety issue but suffer symptoms different than the ones listed, visit a psychiatrist or psychologist (not a general practitioner.)
Though the symptoms above are specifically for GAD, they are descriptive of the symptoms suffered by people with other anxiety disorders as well. People with panic disorder feel them with a quicker and more violent onset. Agoraphobics (people who are afraid of leaving a personal comfort zone, whether that be their neighborhood, their house or their rooms) often feel these symptoms when outside their comfort zone, and feel the only remedy is a return to their safe-haven. People with OCD suffer these symptoms when they feel things are out of place, and feel the urge to repeat a task or rearrange the environment around them until things are back in place and order is restored.
These symptoms are often experienced by sufferers of anxiety disorders on a daily basis, and can interfere with every part of life, including work, relationships and leisure activities. During periods of raised anxiety or panic, it may be difficult for the sufferer to pinpoint the cause for their physical symptoms, and so the sufferer may believe there is something physiologically wrong when in fact he or she is suffering anxiety or a panic attack. The worse the physical symptoms are, the harder it is to discern between panic attack and, let’s say, heart attack.Since medications are out of the question for many people with anxiety problems, finding non-pharmaceutical ways to deal with these disorders is important. This series will focus on natural and homeopathic methods to control anxiety and panic symptoms, and in the process improve overall health and well-being.