Anxiety Disorder

By MeiLin Resler

Symptoms

Some symptoms of anxiety could be shortness of breath, cold/sweaty hands or feet, dry mouth and problems with sleeping. You may also feel like its hard concentrating on things. Some physical symptoms of anxiety could be, pouding heart, sweating, stomach aches, dizziness, fatigue and muscle tensions.

What Causes It?

Some things that cause anxiety is a panic disorder, palpitations which is feeling your heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, stress and phobic disorders. For some people, anxiety is linked to an underlying health issue. In some cases, some signs and symptoms are the first indicator of a medical illness. If your doctor suspects that you have anxiety you may have a medical cause. Your doctor might do some lab tests and/or other tests to look for signs of the problem. Some examples of medical problems that can be linked to anxiety could be, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, drug abuse or withdrawal and thyroid problems.


How Common Is The Disorder?

Anxiety are the most common of all mental health problems, 1 in 4 adults will have an anxiety disorder in their lifetime, 1 in 10 people will have an anxiety disorder each year. It is affecting 40 million adults in the United States either age 18 or older. Some of the most common Anxiety disorders are Panic Disorders, OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.


How Is This Disorder Diagnosed?

Your health provider might take a physical exam, maybe order blood or urine tests maybe other ones. A physical evaluation is advisable to determine if a person is associated with a physical illness . If your doctor thinks that you should be seeing a mental health professional. You should be able to feel comfortable when you talk to the mental health professional, if you choose to. If you don’t you should look for some help somewhere else.