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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How Do I Know If I Have An Anxiety Disorder?

 By Mike Bond


Over four million adults in America alone are affected by Anxiety and Panic Disorders, with both emotional and physical symptoms. Sometimes the physical symptoms are so severe that they can lead to constant panic attacks. The whole thing can become a vicious cycle.
At times, they're part of your lifestyle. You've been suffering these symptoms for so long, that you assume they're natural. At other times, they can leap upon you quite suddenly. Nearly all anxiety disorders manifest themselves through physical symptoms as well as emotional ones. It's a very good idea to keep a fairly detailed list of the kinds of disorders you're suffering from, so that you can run through them with your doctor.
In fact, in many cases, he/she will ask you to do this anyway. It makes treatment a lot easier and more accurate if the doctor can be presented with a full list of symptoms. Many people suffer depression with anxiety disorders, and of course this can complicate the issue. Depression can cause awful aches and pains and carry many of the other symptoms of anxiety.
So here are some of the most common physical symptoms to answer the question; 'How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder?'
1. Stomach Upset and Nausea. What happens here is that the Central Nervous System goes out of balance, which leads to gastrointestinal disturbances. This is usually after a meal, but may happen at any time.
2. Headaches, Migraines. These can be really miserable. They're usually brought on by constant worry about real or imaginary problems, but continual tension always takes a physical toll.
3. Shortness of Breath. Normally, you have this when you suffer a panic attack. It's when your fear response switch is tripped and your body's put into the fight or flight mode. This can also cause chest pains, or at least pressure in that area.
4. Insomnia. Worry and physical discomfort are two of the main reasons why people have difficulty sleeping. This condition may often be corrected by medication or herbal supplements.
5. Diarrhea or Constipation. Anxiety disorders seem to take a dead aim at the digestive system. If you do find yourself suffering from either of these conditions, make sure first of all that you eat easily digestible, well balanced meals.
6. Excessive Sweating. Again, the Central Nervous System's at work with increased activity, and this sweating is usually accompanied by palpitations and increased heart rate.
7. Muscle Tension and Twitches. Imbalance in the Central Nervous System again. One of the problems here is that if you experience these muscle twitches in public, it can lead to increased anxiety.
These anxiety disorders may be overcome in a lot of cases with a combination of Cognitive Therapy, natural herbal treatments and lifestyle changes
It'd be a very good idea for you, if you do suffer from anxiety disorders, to go and have a look at Mike Bond's website,, where you'll find a lot of very useful information and resources

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