While it is normal for individuals to experience anxiety or nervousness, anxiety disorders may cause physical and emotional distress that interfere with that individual’s ability to lead a normal life. Anxiety disorders are common, affecting over 18% of all Americans.
Facts about Anxiety
- How are Anxiety Disorders Diagnosed?
- An individual with symptoms of an anxiety disorder will be evaluated by a doctor, which includes questions about medical history and a physical exam. There are no lab tests that diagnose anxiety disorders, but a doctor may use various tests to look for physical illnesses that may be causing the symptoms.If there is no physical illness, an individual may be referred to a mental health professional to treat the disorder. These professionals use specially designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate for anxiety disorders. Diagnosis is based on the individual’s report of intensity and duration of their symptoms and the doctor’s observation of the individual’s attitude and behavior. A doctor will determine if the symptoms and degree of dysfunction are caused by a specific anxiety disorder.
- How Common are Anxiety Disorders?
- The NIH estimates 18.1% of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder.
- What Causes Anxiety Disorders?
- Anxiety disorders are not personal weaknesses, character flaws or the result of poor upbringing, but real illnesses with real causes. Many anxiety disorders are caused by a combination of factors that include changes in the brain, environmental stresses and genetics. Severe or long lasting stress can change brain circuitry functionality that regulates mood. Some people with certain anxiety disorders have changes in brain structure that control mood or memory. Anxiety disorders are show to run in families, meaning they can be inherited from either or both parents. Trauma and significant events may also trigger anxiety disorders in those who inherit the susceptibility to developing an anxiety disorder.
- How are Anxiety Disorders Treated?
- The exact treatment depends on the type of disorder, but one or a combination of medication, psychotherapy (a type of counseling) and cognitive behavioral therapy may be used.
At Pasadena Villa, we treat issues with Anxiety with the most advanced and effective methods available, always making sure the resident’s needs are the number one priority.