July 11, 2022

Anxiety

Alanna O'Neill

Hello and welcome to another blogpost! Today we will be discussing Anxiety.

 

Anxiety is a common emotion that everyone experiences. It can be categorized as a feeling of fear, dread, or uneasiness.However, some people have difficulty regulating these emotions and may have anxiety disorder.

 

For people with anxiety disorder, the feelings of anxiety do not just come and go, but rather the anxiety sticks with you and may even get worse over time. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is estimated 6.8million adults in the United States (or 3.1% of the population) and women are twice as likely to be affected by the disorder than men. Symptoms of GAD include feeling restless or wound-up, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, uncontrollable feelings, sleep problems, and muscle tension. Some people may also experience panic attacks, sudden periods of fear in which one may experience sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, a rapid heart rate, and feeling out of control.

 

GAD can have a negative impact on one's relationships and overall life wellbeing. Prolonged anxiety can also have negative physical effects on the body, such as alterations in hormone levels, lowered immunity, and elevations in blood pressure.

 

However, there are many ways that one can cope with GAD. Some common ways to help lower anxiety and stress include:

 

  1. Engage in Physical Activity
  2. Practice Yoga or Meditation
  3. Maintain a Healthy diet of vegetables,     fruits, and whole grains
  4. Learn to identify your triggers (situations     that cause an increase in your anxiety)
  5. Socialize with others

 

However, sometimes more professional help is needed to treat GAD.  Therapy can be beneficial for people struggling with GAD. If therapy is an option you would like to explore for GAD, reach out to us here at the Resource Center where we can connect you with therapists to help. We also have a Stress + Anxiety support group that can also assist in your managing of GAD.

 

Please reach out to us if you or a loved one are struggling with GAD. Thank you for learning more about anxiety with me today!

 References:

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders

https://www.summahealth.org/flourish/entries/2018/04/how-does-anxiety-influence-your-health

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/11-tips-for-coping-with-an-anxiety-disorder

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