Severe anxiety disorder is an elevated form of general anxiety. This condition can wreak havoc both physically and emotionally, due to heightened anxiety levels. In this writeup, I’ll discuss 4 steps to treat severe anxiety disorder, as well as how you can recognize if you recognize any of the symptoms.
First, it helps to know that you’re not alone!
Many people have chronic anxiety disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “over 35 million people–nearly 17 percent of the American population–suffer from anxiety disorders.”
Before we get into severe anxiety disorder, let’s look at general anxiety, or GAD. The top symptoms of general anxiety disorder include:
fatigue or insomnia
muscle tension and aches
You may experience any or all of these symptoms, which occur as the body goes into ‘flight or fight’. This condition forces extra levels of cortisol into your body. If left untreated, this is where severe anxiety disorder can settle in.
Severe anxiety disorder adds several more elevated symptoms including:
dyspnea (labored breathing)
Severe anxiety disorder is often linked to overlapping anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or panic attacks. Some people may experience depression, too.
4 Steps for treating severe anxiety disorder:
The complex and overlapping conditions surrounding anxiety, means it’s important for you to seek professional help and obtain a diagnosis, so that you can physically and emotionally stabilize. During this time it is also important to enlist the help of a trusted support network.
Get a check-up with your primary care physician. Since some anxiety problems stem from physical problems. It’s best to see your general practitioner first, who can refer you to a qualified psychiatrist if necessary.
Read more information on anxiety and mood disorders, so that you can have an informed conversation with your doctor. No need to bombard yourself with tons of information, but something you can read in a few afternoons will help you feel more empowered when you see your psychiatrist. We have links to some helpful resources on our sidebar.