Think about the last time you were in a scary situation and felt your stomach tie up in knots. That’s anxiety. Everyone experiences it sometimes, biologically speaking, it’s an important defense mechanism. It’s the mind’s way of predicting threats and stopping them before they happen. A healthy amount of anxiety keeps us safe.
However, when this feeling crops up in excess, it can be a sign of an anxiety disorder—a medical problem whose cause is a neurological imbalance of chemicals in the brain. All anxiety disorders share one common symptom: feelings of panic or dread that do not logically relate to the situation at hand. However, this feeling of dread manifests in diverse ways. Health Recovery Center takes a look at a few of the common types of anxiety disorders below.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Though this disorder bears the brunt of many jokes about perfectionism, it is no laughing matter. Those with OCD are plagued by obsessions—incessant, anxious thoughts, typically about natural disasters, death, or losing a loved one. To allay these thoughts, OCD sufferers resort to compulsions: ritualistic behaviors, such as repeatedly washing one’s hands or checking the stove. Even though those with OCD recognize the logical link between their obsessions and compulsions is shoddy, they simply cannot make themselves stop.
This disorder is characterized by intense bolts of terror—called panic attacks—that strike seemingly at random, though, there can be situational triggers (such as driving a car or walking alone). These attacks supercede general anxiety; sufferers report feeling as though they are choking, having heart palpitations, or even a heart attack. Fear of having an attack, or embarrassment surrounding their attacks, can prevent someone with panic disorder from attending school, work, or social events. Mental health recovery for this disorder is particularly difficult.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
The diagnostic criteria for GAD is simply excessive worry about a variety of everyday problems, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. As a result, it’s often hard to diagnose; American stress levels today are higher than ever. Those with GAD often can’t ever seem to relax, may tremble, and experience headaches and nausea unrelated to other medical conditions.
Natural Anxiety Disorder Treatment with Health Recovery Center
If you believe you may have any of these disorders, contact Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, today. We’re a biomedical, holistic healthcare facility that offers natural nutritional supplements and laboratory testing to determine the chemical imbalances in your brain and treat anxiety root cause, instead of masking it with psychiatric drugs. There’s no cost for your initial consultation with us, so come in and discover how orthomolecular medicine can cure your worries.