Anxiety Disorder: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

If you are suffering from anxiety disorder, Banbury Lodge can help. Utilising a programme tailored to your specific needs, we can help you to manage your problems so that you can start to live an anxiety-free life once more.

What Is Anxiety Disorder?

It is common to feel anxious at certain times in your life. Most people will experience feelings of unease or uncertainty when faced with specific situations, for example going for a job interview or sitting a driving test. These feelings are completely normal and are a part of everyday life. But if these feelings persist or are present without any noticeable cause, they can begin to interfere with your everyday life. If this is something you can relate to, you could have an anxiety disorder.

It is important to remember that there are various forms of anxiety disorder, and just because your symptoms differ from those of another person does not mean that you do not have this health problem. At Banbury Lodge, we help individuals with a range of symptoms that indicate a disorder. But because each person is different, the way in which they are affected is different too. We know that anxiety disorder can take many different forms and we are ready to help you, whatever your requirements are.

Types of Anxiety Disorder

With so many different types of anxiety, it is important to be clear about what your feelings are. If you are experiencing ongoing feelings of worry or unease, it is likely that you need to speak to someone about it. You might be constantly anxious about things that others would not usually worry about. Or perhaps you worry excessively about one thing and, when that situation is resolved, there is something else that begins to worry you. These are classic signs of GAD or generalised anxiety disorder.

The symptoms of GAD tend to last for longer than six months and can interfere with daily life. In fact, you may feel on edge all the time. You could find that you are worrying about issues that you know do not warrant the feelings you are experiencing. If your level of worry seems excessive, it may be that you are indeed suffering from GAD and would benefit from a programme of psychotherapeutic treatment to deal with the problem.

Panic disorder is another common form of anxiety disorder, where you may be regularly experiencing what is known as panic attacks. During a panic attack, you might experience a heightened sense of anxiety. However, while feelings of panic are normal in certain situations – where they may be a danger, for example – those with a panic disorder will experience panic attacks even when there is no obvious cause.

Anxiety is also the main symptom of other mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, and social anxiety disorder.

Could You Have an Anxiety Disorder?

If you have been experiencing feelings of unease, worry or anxiety on a regular basis and this has been going on for some time, it could be that an anxiety disorder is to blame. While these feelings are completely normal at certain times in your life, it may be worth seeking help if you are experiencing them on an ongoing basis and if you cannot find a reason for these feelings. There are many different symptoms of anxiety disorder and each can affect both the mind and the body. Below are a few signs that could indicate a serious issue:

  • Feelings of nervousness in your stomach
  • Rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hot flushes or sweating
  • A constant feeling of dread
  • Feelings of paranoia
  • Being unable to stop worrying for no reason
  • Worrying about having panic attacks or feelings of unease
  • Feeling as if you are losing touch with reality.

The above symptoms are just some that have been associated with anxiety disorder. You may have experienced a few of these or you could have other similar symptoms. The important thing to consider is how your feelings are affecting your life. If your feelings of unease and worry are having a negative impact on your life, speak to someone who can help you.

Which People are Affected by Anxiety Disorder?

You should know that many people in the UK are affected by an anxiety disorder. It is an illness that you or any other sufferer has no control over. And no matter how much you might want to stop feeling anxious, you will probably find that you cannot. This has nothing to do with you being weak; it is an illness that affects millions of people across the world every single day.

Anxiety disorder does not pick and choose – anyone can be affected and there is no one single cause. Scientists have found that in most people, a combination of factors can result in anxiety. They have concluded that those who do suffer from anxiety disorders often have a combination of the following:

  • An imbalance of brain chemicals known as noradrenaline and serotonin. These chemicals are responsible for regulating and controlling mood.
  • Overactivity in certain areas of the brain that control behaviour and emotions.
  • Experience of traumatic events such as any type of abuse, being bullied, domestic violence or the loss of a close family member.
  • A family history of mental health problems, including anxiety disorder.
  • A family history of substance abuse problems.

In 2016, it was reported that 5.9 in every 100 people in England suffered from generalised anxiety disorder. And 7.8 of every 100 people were suffering from mixed anxiety and depression. Mental health problems such as anxiety disorder may be quite common, but the good news is that treatment is available for them.

You might be feeling alone right now and fearful that no one understands what you are going through. But here at Banbury Lodge, we have a team of expert counsellors and therapists who have experience in helping people like you to effectively manage the symptoms of their anxiety disorders. With the right programme of treatment, it is possible to overcome your anxiety disorder and get back to normal everyday life.

Where Can You Get Help for Anxiety Disorder?

As you have probably gathered by now, anxiety disorder is a common issue for many individuals here in the UK. Nevertheless, because of this, there are now many different organisations providing top quality treatments for the illness. You could potentially access treatment from the following:

  • The NHS – For most people, the NHS is the first port of call when they are ill. However, when it comes to mental health problems, treatment is underfunded, and you may have to wait quite a long time for an appointment.
  • Charities – Charity organisations operate across the United Kingdom to help deal with issues such as mental health problems, addiction, and dual diagnosis (addiction and mental health problems).
  • Local Counsellors – Local counsellors are either private or are funded by the NHS. They provide outpatient programmes to help with the treatment of conditions such as anxiety disorder.
  • Private Clinics – Private clinics can provide immediate help for those with a variety of problems, including substance abuse and addiction, compulsive behavioural disorders, and mental health conditions.

How Will Your Anxiety Disorder Be Treated?

It is important to seek help if your feelings of anxiety impact on daily life. If you carry on with these feelings without speaking to someone, your condition may get worse. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can get your anxiety under control and start getting back to normal again.

It may be a case of learning some self-help techniques that will enable you to control your emotions and feelings. This can help you get back to living a normal life again. There are various methods that you can use yourself to try to regulate your feelings of anxiety. These include workbooks, self-help courses and online resources.

If your condition is quite severe, it could be the case that you need to undergo some psychotherapeutic treatment with a professional counsellor or therapist. Talking therapies can help you to develop positive coping skills that will prevent your anxieties from taking over your life.

Examples of talking therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy, where you will work closely with a therapist to focus on any maladaptive thoughts or behaviours you currently have. You will then work together to identify positive alternatives to these negative behaviours. A programme of reinforcement is then used to ensure that the positive coping skills become your natural response to various life situations and problems.

You might also learn to utilise alternative therapies like meditation and mindfulness to help you relax when faced with difficult problems. By using these alternative methods, you can avoid or minimise the intense feelings of anxiety that have, up until now, been negatively affecting your life.

Can Banbury Lodge Help?

Banbury Lodge has a team of highly-trained staff with experience and knowledge of a variety of mental health problems, anxiety disorder being one of them. You can rest assured that you will be in safe hands when you seek treatment with us.

We will take your individual needs into consideration before creating a programme that we believe will work effectively for you. We will work closely with you to help you overcome the issues that have been affecting your life thus far.

You needn’t worry about being left to fend for yourself when your treatment programme finishes either. We want you to know that we will support you with your transition back to normal, daily life. We understand that this can be a hugely challenging time in your life, and facing it alone could be detrimental to your progress in recovery.

You will have access to the care and support of our team when you leave our facility. We offer aftercare services that will enable you to ease yourself back into your new life. Should you need support or information, we will be there for you every step of the way.

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