What are Anxiety Disorders?

Everyone in the Entertainment Industry knows anxiety is a way of life.

One of the most common forms of anxiety disorders is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Affecting 6.8 million Americans and about twice as many women as men, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, GAD comes on gradually and can begin at any age, though the risk is greatest between childhood and middle age.

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) go through the day filled with exaggerated worry and tension, even though they realize there is little or nothing to provoke it. They anticipate disaster and are overly concerned about health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day produces anxiety. They have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, startle easily, and often experience many troubling physical symptoms.

When their anxiety level is mild, people with GAD can function socially and hold down a job. People with GAD can have difficulty carrying out the simplest daily activities if their anxiety is severe. Substance abuse, depression and other anxiety disorder often accompany GAD, which rarely occurs alone.

Other common anxiety disorders include Panic Disorder, in which a person experiences sudden attacks of terror, usually accompanied by a pounding heart, sweatiness, weakness, faintness, or dizziness. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in which people have persistent, upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and use rituals (compulsions) to control the anxiety these thoughts produce is also common.

What are the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety?

·       Fatigue

·       Headaches

·       Muscle Tension

·       Muscle Aches

·       Difficulty swallowing

·       Trembling

·       Twitching

·       Irritability

·       Sweating

·       Nausea

·       Lightheadedness

·       Frequent visits to the bathroom

·       Shortness of breath

·       Hotflashes

How are Anxiety Disorders Treated?

Anxiety disorders can be effectively treated. The pressured feeling and churning in the pit of your stomach can be lifted.You can sleep again, enjoy your life again without constant worry, and feel positive again about the future. Take the steps now to move on to a peaceful, less stressful place.