Treating Your Anxiety Can Make Recovery Easier

If you find that you’re having a hard time in your recovery, perhaps exploring any underlying psychological concerns might be useful. It’s very common for anxiety and depression to exist for someone and the illness to go entirely untreated. It’s also very common for recovering addicts to experience anxiety and depression without really knowing it. They may be so used …

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Anxiety Disorder and Anxiety Attacks

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Anxiety and the Pressure From an Anxiety Attack

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).  40 million adults in the U.S. are affected by anxiety but only one-third receive treatment for the disorder.

Melanie McKinnon is one of those 40 million who suffers from anxiety.  In her article “What It’s Like to Have an Anxiety Attack” on Huffington Post, she says that she generally experiences an anxiety attack about once a week.  She knows when an attack is coming on because she starts to feel jittery, her hands begin to tingle, and her mind starts to race. Other symptoms of an anxiety attack are:

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comWorrying or being stressed are completely normal feelings that humans experience from time to time.

Maybe you have a school project due tomorrow that you haven’t started yet.

Maybe you’re car broke down and now you’re going to be late to work because of it.

Or maybe a friend just got dumped by his or her boyfriend or girlfriend and it’s your job to comfort that person.

All of these are situations that can cause stress.  Experiencing stress is a part of life but it’s when stress begins to take over your life that it becomes an issue.

Understanding Stress vs. Anxiety

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic and exaggerated worry and tension.  A person with GAD constantly stresses about things that everybody has to deal with such as money, health, or work.

Their worrying is irrational and they can’t seem to get through the day without thinking about these things.  Some of the physical symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder are:

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