Anxiety disorder, also called generalized anxiety disorder or GAD, is a chronic, persistent tension that causes both physical and psychological symptoms. People with anxiety may anticipate disaster and worry excessively about things like work, social situations, health, finances, or relationships. Aside from generalized anxiety disorder, there is a myriad of other anxiety disorders in existence.
An anxiety attack is characterized by sudden onset of intense and debilitating fear, often accompanied by heart palpitations, chest pain, hyperventilating, and faintness. Patients experience a panic attack may feel as if they can’t breathe or even as if they’re dying.
The most common symptoms of anxiety include:
Many people with anxiety also feel sick but have trouble identifying the cause. They may have a general unwell feeling, upset stomach, or feel “off” without having any unusual symptoms.
The most well-known kinds of anxiety disorder are:
Dr. Srisai Gowda customizes treatment to each patient and their unique circumstances. In most cases, anxiety is treated using a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be especially impactful in the treatment of anxiety disorders; during CBT, patients are taught to identify and understand patterns of their thinking so they can gain control over thoughts and behaviors that follow.
Anxiety disorders are actually classified as some of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. As a matter of fact, nearly a quarter of all adults are affected by an anxiety disorder every year.