Anxiety refers to a group of emotions that may include a specific fear of an actual event in progress (such as giving a speech); a generalized sense of worry that may be hard or impossible to link to a particular cause; or some uncertainty about the future, even if it is unlikely that the feared event will occur.
Anxiety can encompass a wide range of symptoms. Those who suffer from what is often called performance anxiety may “tighten up” at the prospect of having to take a test, give a speech, or perform some other public acts on which they expect to be judged. They may experience shortness of breath; shaky hands or voice, perhaps including an inability to “get the words out”; copious perspiration; rapid heart rate; pounding heart (palpitations); or inability to focus the mind on the task at hand. A musician giving a recital, for instance, may suddenly “go blank” before an audience and completely forget notes that have been memorized. Some types of anxiety are harder to analyze. Generalized anxiety disorder or a “free-floating anxiety”, for instance, cannot be linked to a specific event or source but still causes the person to experience increased irritability and restlessness. Physical symptoms may include rapid breathing, hyperventilation (a sense of lacking adequate oxygen intake in the lungs) or gastrointestinal problems, such as queasiness or diarrhea. An anxiety attack may become more severe in the form of a panic attack or panic disorder. Symptoms may include the above anxiety symptoms but the physical manifestations are usually more pronounced, with a feeling of choking, symptoms of a heart attack or even dying.
Because anxiety symptoms may be caused by or related to other serious medical problems, it is essential to consult your physician about proper treatment. You may suffer an upset stomach or nausea when under stress, but the underlying cause of the symptoms may be due to an ulcer or thyroid problem, another condition that requires appropriate medication or medical procedure. Even with conditions caused entirely by anxiety, such as panic disorder, your doctor may prescribe anti-anxiety drugs but standard medical treatments are not the only answer. With most types of anxiety- regardless of whether or not the patient is being treated with standard methods, such as with prescription, drug-mind-body approach may serve as a significant player in the treatment plan. Find out more about treatments offered by Kuadra by clicking here
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