What is anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorder is a term used to describe a constant state of fear and worrying that is irrational and interferes with everyday living. Usually, these symptoms extend beyond six months to be considered anxiety disorder. For other types of anxiety disorders, please see our sections on phobias and panic disorder.

How does anxiety disorder happen?

Anxiety disorder usually happens over time, often beginning in childhood or early adolescence and sometimes adulthood. Although it is unknown what exactly causes anxiety disorder, a growing body of research indicates it runs in the family and is often accompanied by other disorders, such as substance abuse and depression.

What are common symptoms of anxiety disorder?

People with anxiety disorder often recognize their fear and worrying is excessive, however they are unable to control it. Some of the more common symptoms of anxiety disorder include:

  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to relax
  • Trembling
  • Lightheadedness and/or difficulty breathing

What is the treatment for anxiety disorder?

Treatment for anxiety disorder depends on the unique situation of the patient. Mind Life Matters offers a number of treatment options for anxiety disorder. If you feel you may be suffering from anxiety disorder, we encourage you to request a consultation by clicking here. Alternatively, you can call us at (336) 791-2311.