Anxiety can be a normal response to stress and is beneficial in certain circumstances. But when angst, nervousness, fear, worry, and distress become extreme, the feelings may be difficult to control and can negatively affect your day-to-day living.

Anxiety can take different forms. It can present as a general anxiety that’s experienced daily, and it can also present as one of many diagnosable anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health disorders experienced by Americans. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders affect approximately 40 million adults — or nearly 18% of the population — in a given year, causing them to be filled with fearfulness, uncertainty, terror, or immense dread.

Many people with anxiety disorders don’t seek help since they believe their anxiety will just disappear on its own. While it does in some cases, anxiety disorder treatment is often necessary to help clients make a full recovery.

Clearview provides clients suffering from anxiety with the help they need to recover and regain long-lasting mental health and freedom from worry.

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What Does an Anxiety Disorder Look Like?

Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but the entire spectrum of anxiety warning signs centers on excessive levels of the following:

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Anxiety symptoms may come and go, but if they last at least six months, there may be an underlying anxiety disorder that needs to be treated. Symptoms of the most common anxiety disorders are provided below.
Panic Disorder causes feelings of terror or “panic attacks,” which strike repeatedly and often without warning, making it almost impossible for those suffering from this form of anxiety to interact with others or to complete day-to-day activities.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by repetitious and intrusive irrational or undesired thoughts. These obsessions often trigger ritualistic behaviors and compulsions, which seem unmanageable or cause simple daily tasks to become overly burdensome.
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by a stark, prolonged, and inflated distress about everyday events. Intense worrying that lasts for six months or more, difficulty concentrating and carrying out daily activities, and feeling weighed down under the constant burden of anticipating the worst often leads those suffering from this form of anxiety to experience physical symptoms of exhaustion, tension headaches, and nausea.
Social anxiety disorder is characterized by a fear of social situations that often leads to complications in personal relationships. Often possessing irrational fears of being humiliated in public, people with social anxiety disorder may have symptoms similar to panic attacks when in social situations, leading to a general avoidance of social interaction.

Experiencing a disabling and irrational fear of something posing little or no actual threat is a phobia. This fear can be highly disabling when it leads to heightened feelings of terror, dread, and panic. In addition, specific phobias fixated on particular objects, people, or situations cause many to lose sight of their control and develop additional mental and physical health problems.

Here are the five major types of anxiety disorders.

Treating Anxiety

No matter what symptoms one might be experiencing, anxiety is treatable. At Clearview, our initial assessment helps us understand each client’s unique needs so we can customize a treatment program for them.

Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses that can mask anxiety and its symptoms, making them worse. In addition, people with anxiety disorders are more likely to use or abuse alcohol and drugs in attempts to self-medicate and to reduce their anxiety.

At our treatment centers, our skilled staff ensure that reach client receives the best individualized care. Our combination of evidence-based treatments and mind/body therapies provides the best chance of sustaining long-term recovery from even the most severe cases of anxiety.

Anxiety FAQs

According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, people who consume fast food, processed foods, sweets, and alcohol tend to be more anxious compared to those who ate healthily, balancing their diets with such foods as colorful vegetables, wild-caught fish, and organic fruits. Nutritionists recommend that you eat natural foods and leafy greens, as well as other mood-improving sustenance such as dark chocolate, seeds, and nuts.

Scientific research shows 20 minutes of daily meditation or 30 minutes of daily exercise can greatly reduce the emotional impact of stress. These simple and medication-free ways of combating anxiety and stress can take effect almost instantly and lower tension and negative emotions long after the activity is done. Similarly to exercise, meditation has proven an effective tool for lowering anxiety levels. Attempting a deep state of relaxation is effective in reducing fatigue and stress.

Anxiety is the number one mental illness in the United States. Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Affecting an estimated 40 million people every year, it is common for those experiencing an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression, or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. And while anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only about one-third of those suffering receive needed anxiety treatment.