It is an indescribable feeling to experience an anxiety attack, as well as any form of anxiety, but the reality is that anxiety disorders are common in the U.S. and affect approximately 18.1 percent of the population each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Nearly 40 million adults in the U.S. are struggling at this very moment, which is why finding the support needed for you – or a loved one – is essential. As a leading home care provider, Care Indeed can offer trained staff to help your loved ones diagnosed with a mental health disorder, such as anxiety. As we continue our series on Mental Health Awareness, our goal is to better educate our clients, caregivers and community and offer the support needed to cope with depression.
Anxiety comes in many forms. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are categorized as:
The signs and symptoms for each type of anxiety disorder can vary.
Treatment for anxiety disorders varies, just as the symptoms do, based on the severity of the illness. However, you – or a loved one – does not have to suffer alone. In fact, one of the treatment options – or a combination – may help you to cope through this debilitating disorder.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, treatment options include:
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapists are trained to help patients find counterproductive thinking patterns that can worsen anxiety. In some cases, psychotherapists encourage patients to join support groups or even help them face phobias head on with exposure response prevention.
Medication: Certain types of medications, such as anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants can offer short-term or long-term relieve of physical and emotional symptoms.
Lifestyle Changes: Many individuals suffering from anxiety disorders find solace in lifestyle changes. Incorporating self-management strategies into your day can help reduce the effects of certain triggers, in addition to stress and relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing. Some individuals also find that physical exercise, such as cardio and yoga can help ease the symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
A mental health disorder can affect individuals at any stage of life and age. In some cases, the symptoms may be mild, but mental health disorders, such as anxiety can also be life threatening.
This is why support and care is essential at the onset of a mental health disorder. It’s important to learn as much about the symptoms and care needed to help support your loved ones. Tap into resources from local and national organizations to boost your knowledge of how the disorder affects everyone involved and to also identify coping skills. In addition, lean on caregivers, such as the qualified staff from Care Indeed, to help with daily living.
Life with any type of mental health disorder is challenging and learning how to accept the challenge is the first step in living life. While you may struggle with grief and loss when coping with the symptoms as a patient, caregiver or family member, the support you need is only a click away.
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