It’s not “all in your head.” People tend to think of anxiety as a purely mental or emotional problem, but anxiety can affect both the body and mind. Approximately 10-12 percent of Americans suffer from some type of anxiety each year. Anyone can experience anxiety regardless of age, gender, race or profession.
Persistent anxiety can produce a variety of emotional and physical symptoms. If symptoms are frequent and strong enough to interfere with life’s routine activities, they may be signs of debilitation anxiety.
Emotional Symptoms of Anxiety
- Irritability, edginess
- Depressive systems – feeling sad or down
- Excessive worry
- Difficulty falling asleep, fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Suicidal thoughts
- Emotional distress
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Muscle aches and pains
- Chemical dependence
- Loss of productivity
Centerstone’s professional staff is trained to treat anxiety disorders. All treatments are tailored to specific anxiety problems and are validated by over 20 years of research.
A panic attack is a sudden episode accompanied by a rush of intense fear with physical sensations such as:
- Shortness of breath or a smothering sensation
- Dizziness or faintness
- Palpitations or accelerated heart rate
- Trembling, shaking, sweating and/or choking
- Nausea or abdominal stress
- Depersonalization (not feeling like yourself)
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Flushes, hot flashes, chills
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Fear of dying
- Fear of losing control
The presence of four or more symptoms suggests the possibility of a panic attack.
Panic attacks are characterized by one or more unexplained panic episodes followed by at least a month of persistent fear of having another panic attack. This often leads to avoidance of situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or where help might not be available. (This is called agoraphobia.) As a result, behavior symptoms may wax and wane, but continue to reappear as:
- Irrational fears
- Anticipated anxiety
- Avoiding things, people or situations
- The need for a support person
- Depression or despair
Centerstone research shows that medication, in combination with behavioral and cognitive therapy, is over 80 percent effective in treating anxiety disorders and panic attacks.
Behavioral therapy uses techniques to reduce or stop the undesired behavior and cognitive therapy helps individuals understand how their thoughts contribute to systems.