According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting 40 million adults and one in 10 children and teens every year. Anxiety presents in several ways, including generalized anxiety, social, academic, and/or performance anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders. The good news is when anxiety is addressed, it can be successfully treated.
It’s normal to experience occasional symptoms of anxiety. For example, you may feel nervous when preparing for a test or feel your heart racing before a big presentation. But once symptoms begin to cause significant stress, impairment or negatively impact your life, it’s time to seek help. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch for:
- Feeling nervous, irritable or on edge
- An increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing, sweating or trembling
- Difficulty concentrating
- Disturbed or disrupted sleep
- Experiencing a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Nausea or vomiting
A primary care provider or therapist can help you find the appropriate care and treatment to manage your symptoms. Many people are able to get their anxiety under control with simple lifestyle changes. This may include getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, consuming less caffeine, getting enough sleep, and avoiding use of a smartphone and other electronic devices before going to bed.
More recently, cannabidiol (CBD) has been touted as the answer for alleviating anxiety. CBD is a type of chemical found naturally in cannabis plants. Early studies are suggesting it may help reduce anxiety, but it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before using it. Something to avoid is using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to treat anxiety. Studies have shown it can actually worsen problems and cause patients to experience more anxiety symptoms.
Linden Oaks Behavioral Health provides the full spectrum of care for people with anxiety. We offer all-day and half-day programs, as well as individual and group therapy, education groups and medication management. Our team approach to care includes a licensed clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical therapists and psychiatric nurses to help patients overcome anxiety and get back to enjoying life.
Take AnxietyAware – a free, online assessment to learn more about your potential risk for developing anxiety disorders. Schedule a free behavioral health assessment at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health online or call 630-305-5027.