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Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States today, with approximately 1 in 5 American adults affected annually.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety issues are characterized by intense feelings of worry, fear, or nervousness. While it is common for most people to experience mild symptoms of anxiety before a major event, severe anxiety symptoms may drastically affect a person's productivity and quality of life. During high stress situations, people with severe anxiety may experience a panic attack or an anxiety attack. Symptoms of a panic attack may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Nausea
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tense muscles
  • Fatigue

What Types of Anxiety Issues are Most Prevalent?

There are several different types of anxiety issues that affect the American population. Some of the more common conditions are generalized anxiety (GAD), social anxiety, panic issues, and specific phobias. Other prevalent mental health conditions that are anxiety related yet distinct from anxiety issues include posttraumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

How Can a Person with Anxiety Attack Symptoms Find Relief?

Therapists in Austin commonly use two effective treatments for people with signs of anxiety, although there are many approaches that can be used. One of the most common approaches to treat anxiety is a form of psychotherapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy. As people with anxiety symptoms tend to be affected by intrusive worrisome thoughts, cognitive behavioral therapy is used to restructure maladaptive thinking. This cognitive restructuring tends to produce more positive emotions, more constructive behaviors, and a reduction in feelings of anxiety.

A second approach commonly utilized by psychiatrists in Austin is the prescription of antianxiety drugs coupled with psychotherapy. Of the people in treatment who take antianxiety medication, approximately 1 in 2 experience significant relief from anxiety symptoms. Antidepressants may also be used in some cases. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), benzodiazepines, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and other medications may be prescribed by a licensed psychiatrist in Austin.

References:

  1. Mental Health America. (n.d.). Anxiety disorders. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/anxiety-disorders
  2. The University of North Carolina Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. (n.d.). Effective treatments for anxiety. Retrieved from http://clinic.unc.edu/anxiety-clinic/for-consumers/effective-treatments-for-anxiety/