There are many causes of anxiety disorders. This disorder can have both physical and mental symptoms.
If you are one of the many people who suffer from anxiety disorder, of course you will be feeling anxious as one main symptom. The problem is more than that, since it can result in other, mental symptoms that can make things worse.
- You may have insomnia (difficulty sleeping).
- Perhaps you will feel very tired.
- You can become easily irritated and get angry a lot.
- It may be very hard or even impossible to concentrate.
- You might feel like you are going crazy.
- Perhaps you will feel like you cannot control how you act or as though you are not really there.
When experiencing anxiety, you might also experience physical symptoms. These happen because of adrenaline, it is a hormone that triggers your fight or flight mechanism. Physical anxiety symp:toms include:
- Pain in your stomach.
- Your mouth may go dry.
- Your heart may beat rapidly.
- Your chest might feel tight or even painful.
- Perhaps you will find you are short of breath
- Maybe you will feel dizzy.
- You may need to pee more frequently.
- It may be hard to swallow.
- You may shake
Sometimes these are not symptoms of anxiety disorders, sometimes they have other root causes. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult your doctor to rule out other physical illnesses.
Causes of anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorders can be caused by many different things. You may not be sure why you are experiencing anxiety, but the truth is, you are more vulnerable to an anxiety disorder if any of the following is true:
- You have experiences a life changing event that is also stressful, such as the death of a loved one, or see something that is traumatic.
- You already have been diagnosed with depression, are dealing with alcohol dependence, or have some other mental health condition.
- You have a thyroid disorder or some other similar physical illness
- You use LSD, ecstasy, amphetamines or other similar illegal drugs
- You are discontinuing long term use of tranquilizers or certain other medications.
Some people are just naturally more anxious than other people. It could indicate that anxiety disorders are actually genetic. Of course people who are not usually anxious at all can experience these disorders if they experience extreme stress.
Diagnosis of anxiety disorders
If you are feeling anxious and this is interfering with your functioning on a daily basis, you should talk to your general practitioner.
Your general practitioner will try to find out what your specific causes of anxiety are. Your doctor will ask you what symptoms you have experienced and perhaps perform a physical examination.
It is possible that your general practitioner will advise you to consult with a counselor, psychiatrist, or some other kind of therapist for an exact diagnosis.