Do you feel nervous before an exam or a big meeting?
Do you get butterflies in your stomach before attending an important family event?
Do your stress levels go up when you have deadlines to meet or an appointment with the dentist?
If you answered Yes to any (or all!) of the above questions, you are like most people! In fact, these feelings of worry, nervousness, fear and anxiety are experienced by almost every person in their day-to-day life, even if the reaction to a particular situation differs from one person or one situation to another.
So when is anxiety outside the realm of a ‘normal feeling’?
When anxiety and its associated feelings (fear, worry, nervousness, etc) do not wear off after a while, but persist or even worsen over time and adversely affect the sufferer’s daily life (work, studies, relationships, etc), it may indicate the presence of an anxiety-related disorder. Such a disorder can negatively impact a person in many ways and make them feel alone and misunderstood. Therefore, it is very important to identify the problem as early as possible, separate it from normal anxiety and commence suitable treatment. It is equally important that the diagnosis and treatment be carried out by a qualified mental health professional such as a psychologist or psychiatrist only. In fact, approaching detoxification centres in India may be a good strategy because they usually have well-trained mental health personnel on staff who can diagnose and treat their patients while guaranteeing their privacy.
Anxiety-related disorders are mainly divided into three categories:
- Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Stress or trauma-related disorders
What are the risk factors for anxiety?
Anxiety disorders are not uncommon but there are certain risk factors that may make some people more susceptible to them than others. These risk factors include:
- Genetics (heritability)
- Parenting behaviour
- Stressful or traumatic life events
- Having lower access to socioeconomic resources
- Being a member of a minority group
- Suffering from a chronic medical condition
- Drug abuse or its withdrawal
- Lifestyle choices (smoking, excessive caffeine intake, etc)
Anxiety and Physical Health
People battling anxiety-related disorders are more prone to suffer from physical illnesses such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. These diseases often show up with symptoms like increased body weight, high levels of (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose, all of which may turn life-threatening if left untreated. While it is still unclear how anxiety leads to these dangerous circumstances, research suggests that changes in underlying biology due to ongoing and untreated anxiety may lead to the emergence of these physical ailments over time. This suggests that anxiety may be a ‘whole body’ condition.
If some of the above risk factors apply to you or you feel that your anxiety is affecting your physical health; you can approach one of many detoxification centres in India and ask to speak to a medical professional.
Can anxiety be treated?
Yes, it can. Common treatment options include:
1. Counselling and other evidence-based therapies
Talking to a counsellor can help a sufferer understand what may be causing their anxiety and how to cope with it, so it’s no longer debilitating. A counsellor may also be able to help the patient address specific underlying issues like stress, poor time management or interpersonal problems.
A number of other therapies have also proved to be effective over the years. These include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), family therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). Detoxification centres in India such as Sunshine Wellness Centre provide expert care in these areas, specifically for persons suffering from anxiety-related disorders.
Medications may also be prescribed by the provider based on the patient’s symptoms, general health, etc. These may be anti-depressants, beta blockers or other prescription drugs.
- Alternative therapies
Alternative, non-invasive therapies like Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, etc may be used in conjunction with conventional therapies to treat the symptoms of anxiety disorders. At Sunshine Wellness Centre, one of the best detoxification centres in India, these therapies are not used to replace conventional therapies but rather as complementary therapies that can improve patients’ overall quality of life.
Life is unpredictable. Not all days can be our best days. Nevertheless, feeling anxious or fearful does not make your abnormal. It makes you HUMAN. If you or someone you love is suffering from an anxiety-related disorder, give Sunshine Wellness Centre a call. We can help!
Phone: +91 96190 12932