While everyone will occasionally feel anxious, those feelings generally pass once a typical anxiety-inducing event (job interviews, family illness, etc.) is over. But not everyone gets over anxiety, or even have what most people would consider an event that acts as a cause for anxiety. Some people are saddled with anxiety in that they aren’t able to control it without help from doctors, psychiatrists, and sometimes even medication.
Anxiety disorders can be broken down into several distinct categories, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. Each of these classifications come with their own set of symptoms which must be dealt with in order for a person to be able to have a higher quality of life.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People who have Generalized Anxiety Disorder may find themselves stricken with months of worry that isn’t easily explained or correlated with events in their life. They find themselves being tired a lot of the time, either because they can’t get to sleep or because they can’t get any restful sleep, and because they’re constantly wound up too tight, which wears them down more quickly than normal. A person with Generalized Anxiety Disorder might also find themselves snapping at people, and experience problems with concentration.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder stems from a fear of being rejected or embarrassed in front of a group of people. Some with this condition are deeply worried about being judged by others, or they’re concerned with the possibility that they might offend someone else. Those with Social Anxiety Disorder might not just worry about these things, but also take steps to ensure that they will never deal with those situations, including avoiding as many social situations as possible. Physically, some people find themselves feeling nauseous, shaky, and sweaty around others.
A Panic Disorder is another form of anxiety where the person will have panic attacks that leave them feeling frightened, worried, and like they cannot control their own minds. Panic attacks also manifest a variety of physical symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat, shaking, sweating, an inability to catch one’s breath, and smothering feelings of dread. Those with panic disorder worry about when the next attack will occur, and try to stay away from other people and places that they fear might trigger one.
When someone is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder there are a wide variety of treatment options that may be appropriate for them. They should work closely with a primary care physician or a mental health professional to in order to determine what treatment, or more likely what combination of treatments, will best help them get their anxiety disorder under control. Therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help an anxiety sufferer learn how best to reroute the way that they think about things in order alleviate some of their anxiety. By learning different ways of thinking, patients may also be able to work on their social skills, thereby decreasing their chances of committing social faux-pas, which can be a cause of social anxiety disorder. During CBT, patients may be exposed to some of the things that cause their fear as a way of showing them that their idea of what might happen will almost always be worse than the reality of a situation. By having a patient experience their fears in a safe and controlled environment they will be able to see how it is possible to live without certain anxieties.
Therapy can also be used together with certain prescription medications, as well as a change in diet and exercise, to help those with anxiety disorders.
At First Support we want to help you or your loved one who is suffering from an anxiety disorder to get the disability benefits that you’re entitled to. If you are able to receive these disability tax credits you can start the treatment that will help you live a happier, less anxious life.