What Are The Signs Of Anxiety?

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems in the United States and there are many different signs of anxiety disorders that you can identify to better understand if you or your loved one struggle with this condition every day. 

The signs of anxiety are similar in most people, although the intensity may differ from person to person. The symptoms can be crippling to a person’s life. There is a large amount of stress to cope with, as well as physical symptoms when dealing with anxiety. Some people turn to drug or alcohol use when dealing with anxiety. As a result, they need help from a rehab treatment program.

Signs of Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders come in many forms. Some people suffer from generalized anxiety, while others deal with social anxiety. The signs of anxiety are hard to cope with, no matter what type you have. For those with an anxiety diagnosis, it’s best to seek help from a professional instead of dealing with it on your own.  

What Are The Signs and Symptoms Of Anxiety?

Some people may wonder if they have an anxiety disorder because they may worry a lot or because they are very fearful. However, anxiety is much more than this. Some signs of anxiety include:  

  • A feeling of nervousness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating 
  • Feelings of weakness
  • Extreme worry that interferes with your life
  • Worry that is over very insignificant things

Dealing with an anxiety disorder is difficult to deal with, but when it co-occurs with substance abuse, it compounds the situation. When anxiety takes over your life, it can lead to the misuse of drugs, prescription medication, or alcohol to numb the problems. Consequently, this act of self-medicating leads to a substance use disorder.

Signs of Anxiety Attack

Anxiety attacks, also sometimes referred to as panic attacks, are instances or episodes in which an individual goes through sudden and intense fear or panic. The onset is quick and they last for generally up to a half-hour. 

Anxiety attack symptoms include:

  • Jolt of overwhelming panic
  • Feeling of losing control
  • Increased heart rate and chest pains
  • Shaking and chills
  • Nausea
  • Feeling detached from reality

Anxiety attacks can be something that is especially worrisome. Some people who deal with these issues go unchecked and untreated for quite some time. Luckily, there are treatment options for those who are struggling with anxiety attacks and anxiety disorder in general. 

Treatment For Signs Of Anxiety at Renaissance

Finding a treatment program that works to heal the root problem is essential to help with substance abuse as well. Treatment must include therapy that addresses anxiety. Also, medication-assisted treatment may be necessary for some people.

A therapist will guide you in finding the core of what is driving anxiety. Sometimes trauma is the reason people have an anxiety disorder. Solving these past problems is the first step to peace of mind.

Find help for anxiety and substance abuse at Renaissance Recovery. Our personalized treatment programs will help you find the way to healing and peace of mind.

Start the admission process today by connecting with an intake coordinator who will evaluate your situation and get you started with a treatment plan. No matter what substance you’re dealing with, our evidence-based programs will work for you.

Some of the programs that people may go through during their time in mental health treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy. Along with these, for those dealing with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders, there are also dual diagnosis treatment options.

Don’t let drug addiction take over your joys in life. Now that you know the signs of anxiety, you can overcome the problem. Seek treatment at a quality addiction treatment center by contacting us directly today. We’ll help you find the road to healing and happiness.

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country