Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. It's not uncommon for people to worry about things such as health, finances and relationship issues. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary, occasional worry or fear. Life changes, uncertainty, loss, environmental factors, and more can trigger your anxiety and interfere with daily activities such as job performance, academics, and relationships,
Anxiety makes it difficult to get through your day. If you're struggling with generalized anxiety (GAD), you may experience:
Feeling restless, wound up or on edge
Being easily fatigued
Having difficulty concentrating
Having headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or unexplained pains
Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Treatment and Therapies
Anxiety disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both. Psychotherapy is a safe place to gain awareness about yourself and the underlying root of your anxiety, learn effective skills to manage your anxiety, and unlock a new way of approaching life. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is a research-based form of psychotherapy, that is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders. CBT teaches you different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to situations that ultimately help you feel less anxious and worried. CBT has been well studied and is considered the gold standard for treating anxiety through psychotherapy.