Am I Struggling With Anxiety Or Am I Just Anxious?

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the country. Eighteen percent of the adult population in the United States is estimated to be struggling with an anxiety disorder. Frequently co-occurring with substance use disorders, anxiety can be an underlying driver of issues in mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Experiencing anxiety is a natural human experience. Anxiety is an evolution of a survival mechanism inherent in human existence. The fight or flight system everybody experiences is part of evolutionary nature to survive life-threatening predators. Ingrained with our DNA, we have chemical reactions to the perception of a threat- which can be anything. Response hormones like cortisol and adrenaline go into hyper production to arm the body to make a quick decision for survival. As a disorder, anxiety creates anxiety on top of anxiety. The mind is not able to handle the energy or excitement caused by the instigation of the fight or flight response.

Humans today face different predators and threats than they have in history. Anxiety is caused by any kind of emotional trigger, which induces stress in the mind. While the experience of feeling anxious is normal, the extent to which the disorder of anxiety takes feelings of anxiousness is not. Anxiety disorders are in imbalance of the brain when it comes to regulating fear, sadness, stress, and other emotions. With everything imbalanced, anxiety disorders create a rupture in the ability to regulate emotion as well as an attachment to reality. Anxiety takes those who struggle with it far into an uncertain future, most often consumed by worst-case scenarios.

Signs Of Anxiety Disorder

People who are excessive worriers have a greater likelihood of struggling with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are known for causing obsessive, cyclical, intrusive thoughts. The constant presence of anxious thinking derails normal activity from performing in a job to getting a full night of sleep. Feeling anxious typically has a sound reason and fear associated with it. For example, the anxious feeling before a large test, bungee jumping, or meeting someone for the first time. Anxiety focuses on the irrational, fabricating elaborate fears which are unlikely to develop. Though feeling anxious or nervous is often described as a knot or butterflies in the stomach, anxiety disorders take on more physical manifestations. Muscle tension, indigestion, diarrhea, inflammation, and heart complications are all associated with anxiety.

One of the key signs of an anxiety disorder will be your contemplation of having an anxiety disorder- which is a symptom of anxiety in itself. If you feel that your levels of fear, anxiety, worry and concern are problematic, help is available. If you are turning to drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate or cope with anxiety, you can find long lasting recovery.

Infinity Malibu provides luxury residential treatment and a full continuum of care for co-occurring disorders like anxiety and substance use disorders.

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