Is Anxiety Keeping You Down?
By Tommy Thompson
Almost 6% of all emergency room visits are related to some form of mental health disorder. And of that 6%, a staggering 21% of these are anxiety related. Anxiety in its most severe form can be quite debilitating.
From time to time everyone feels overwhelmed by the stress of our circumstances. But when your stress and anxiety seem to be of a more chronic nature and become more frequent and severe, it may be time to address the problem.
If you have recurring worries and fears, intense feelings that something bad is about to happen, with no apparent cause, you may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). People with GAD may realize their feelings are more intense then they should be, but can't seem to adjust their emotions. For people with generalized anxiety disorder, the symptoms can mild enough so that regular activities such as work or social situations can be achieved. But symptoms that are more severe can cause the inability to go to work or even leave the house for chores such as grocery shopping.
Anyone finding themselves in a situation where they can't carry on with normal ever day activities should seek medical attention and certainly not ignore the problem. Without proper treatment, the condition will probably become worse.
Research shows that generalized anxiety disorder tends to run in families, so a genetic link may be involved, but anxiety and fearfulness can also be learned behaviors transmitted to youngsters by adults in their lives.
For those suffering from the milder symptoms of anxiety, you may try relaxation exercises, hypnosis or herbal supplements to help alleviate some of the stress that may be causing the anxiety. A healthy diet and regular exercise are also excellent ways to help mild cases of anxiety. If you find yourself in distress, it is important to get some kind of help before the condition becomes more severe.
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