— 264 million people suffer from anxiety
Symptoms and effects of anxiety disorders
Mild anxiety can be a positive defence mechanism in these circumstances. However, when anxiety is severe and endures for months or years, it can interfere with an individual’s ability to lead a healthy life. Physical symptoms of anxiety disorders can include stomach pains, diarrhoea, heart palpitations, dry mouth, chest pains, shaking, dizziness, difficulty swallowing and shortness of breath. Psychological symptoms can include insomnia, constant feelings of worry or unease, tiredness, lack of concentration, feeling irritable or angry, and a general feeling of detachment or loss of control.
The most common symptoms of anxiety disorders
- excessive worrying
- difficulty concentrating
- tense muscles
- gastrointestinal (GI) problems
- sleep problems
- panic attacks
- avoiding social situations
Treatment for anxiety disorders
It is thought that around 10% of people will experience problems with anxiety at some point in their life. With professional help and support from qualified clinical experts, it is possible to overcome anxiety disorders. Medical care for the treatment of anxiety problems begins with examinations to rule out medical illnesses that might be causing your symptoms. At The Kusnacht Practice, our licensed psychologists and psychiatrists are trained to treat anxiety disorders through a variety of means: cognitive behaviour therapy, anti-anxiety medications, meditation and more. Working with a professional can help you manage your anxiety and reduce your symptoms as quickly and safely as possible.