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Understanding the root cause of an anxiety is a key component to recovery. There are several common symptoms of anxiety disorder. Identifying these symptoms and effects is the first step to getting better and finding a suitable treatment plan. Here are some of the key signs that you or someone you know is suffering from an anxiety disorder:
1. Constant irrational fears. People with anxiety disorders tend to be plagued by irrational fears that consist of excessive worry or anxiousness over a situation that cannot reasonably be classified as dangerous.
2. Sensing danger in a safe environment. People with anxiety disorders often feel a constant sense of fear or danger, even if they have been in a certain place countless times, or the environment has been deemed safe by others. A heightened sense of awareness that can contribute to this problem.
4. Belief that something bad will happen if a ritual or routine is broken. Many people with anxiety disorders are superstitious, or develop behaviors that lead to obsessive compulsive behaviors.
5. Feelings of loss of control that trigger an anxiety attack. Many people who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety attacks have an intense fear of losing control of the situation. This can trigger a condition known as agoraphobia, where the person is afraid that they will have an anxiety attack in a public setting, and may be judged or ridiculed as a result. This cycle can continue to perpetuate itself, leaving the sufferer socially withdrawn and isolated.
6. Sudden, unexpected feelings of panic and overwhelm. Some of the characteristics of a panic attack are short, frequent episodes of overwhelm, intense fear and an elevated heart rate. Many people suffering from anxiety disorders experience panic or anxiety attacks on a regular basis, and these can also interfere with daily life.
Identifying the effects and characteristics of anxiety disorders can help to determine the most appropriate treatment plan, and even identify a root cause. There are several medical and non-medical treatments available for anxiety disorders and symptoms, so there are ways to overcome anxiety-related problems that may be affecting emotional health and well-being.