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Coping With Anxiety: Finding the Support You Need

by Vanessa Valerio, June 03, 2019

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.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety comes in many forms. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are categorized as:

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Panic Disorders
  • Phobia-Related Disorders
  • Social Anxiety Disorders

 

The signs and symptoms for each type of anxiety disorder can vary.

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: This type of disorder features symptoms that can cause challenges with social interactions, everyday routines, physical health and work. According to the NIMH, symptoms include:
    • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
    • Being easily fatigued
    • Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
    • Being irritable
    • Having muscle tension
    • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
    • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep

 

  • Panic Disorders: Panic disorders can produce unexpected attacks that leave you – or a loved one – consumed with fear. The physical and social symptoms can be debilitating, to say the least. The NIMH list of symptoms include:
    • Heart palpitations, a pounding heartbeat, or an accelerated heartrate
    • Sweating
    • Trembling or shaking
    • Sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking
    • Feelings of impending doom
    • Feelings of being out of control
    • People with panic disorder often worry about when the next attack will happen and actively try

 

  • Phobias: Individuals with phobia-related disorders experience intense fear to certain situations or even objects. For example, you – or a loved one – may have a phobia of blood, heights, specific animals, flying or even social situations, such as public speaking. According to the NIMH, individuals with a phobia experience the following symptoms.
    • May have an irrational or excessive worry about encountering the feared object or situation
    • Take active steps to avoid the feared object or situation
    • Experience immediate intense anxiety upon encountering the feared object or situation
    • Endure unavoidable objects and situations with intense anxiety

 

  • Social Anxiety Disorders: Interacting socially may come naturally to some, but for individuals with a social anxiety disorder, these types of situations cause intense fear and even physical challenges. Agoraphobia is a form of a social anxiety that produces extreme physical and emotional difficulties when people are in open or enclosed spaces, faced with a crowd of people or even during public social situations. Separation anxiety is another type of social anxiety disorder that involves feeling as if harm is imminent when separated from certain individuals.

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

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.

Finding the Support and Care You Need

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.

 Care Indeed is committed to providing you the support and in-home caregivers who understand your challenges and daily struggles at work and home. Learn more about how to get the support you need while living with Dementia today