Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorder Defined:
Moderate "preparation anxiety," like the feeling students have before a big exam or a hostess has before a big party, is normal and helps us get energized to deliver our best effort. The emotional tension we refer to as “anxiety” becomes a problem when the anxious feeling is magnified beyond a level that allows us to live a normal life. Anxiety then becomes an Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety disorders will produce a mental tension or anxiety that has no apparent identifiable cause. Individuals who experience anxiety disorders have a heightened sense of anxiety and/or panic. The anxiety might be acute and focused, as in Panic Disorder, or continual and diffuse, as in generalized Anxiety Disorder. This disorder category also includes Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Symptoms/Signs of Anxiety Disorder:

  • Recurring Intrusive Thoughts or Concerns
  • Panic Attacks: Heart Flutters Dizziness, Sweating, Shortness of Breath
  • Unrealistic or Excessive Anxiety and Worry about Life Circumstances
  • Persistent, Abnormal, or Irrational Fear
  • Chronic Obsession and/or Compulsivity
  • Depression
  • Inability to Sleep
  • Poor Memory
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Emotional Numbness
  • Excessive Alertness

BMS Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorder:

Anxiety disorder treatment calls for the expertise of a qualified professional. To determine if the condition has crossed the threshold of “preparation anxiety” into an Anxiety Disorder, start with a Screenings Treatment options for Anxiety Disorders at BMS are: Counseling Services for children up to seniors. Major Mental Illness. Treatment for adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Family Outreach is an effective program for children and adolescents struggling to cope with pervasive symptoms and signs of anxiety. If prescriptive drugs are arranged as a part of the anxiety disorder treatment regimen, Medication Management could be required.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on anxiety disorder treatment options.

More Information about signs of Anxiety Disorder from APA.org


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