Anxiety is a body’s natural response to stress which shows feeling apprehensive fear about the outcomes of any certain situation. It is an apprehensive fear about future or near future or current situations and their consequences. It builds slowly and increases its intensity when approaching that particular event or situations 

Persisting anxious or nervous feelings for more than six months which is interfering with life and disturbing is considered to be an anxiety disorder. Studies estimated to be 18.5% per 1000 population suffer from anxiety disorders in India which is the most common mental health disorder. It is a form of emotional disorder that affects anyone at any age

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

 It is normal to feel anxious before doing something new or taking up an important test or attending an event etc. which is a type of feel that motivates you to do better even though it feels unpleasant and it just comes and goes without altering or affecting everyday life. But in Anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear stays within for a long time affecting your abilities to think, do, and perceive situations poorly leaving you with a feeling of fear, dissatisfaction, and stress.

 While in extreme cases individuals also stop doing things that they usually love to do and enjoy most. Individuals might also develop certain types of fears and phobias making them disabled to act on most things. If it is not treated at the right time it might get worse and lead to other disorders as well.

Anxiety is an umbrella term for many other disorders such as:

 • Panic disorders

 • Phobias

 • Social anxiety disorder


 • Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD)

 • Illness anxiety disorder

 • Separation anxiety disorder

 What are the most common signs and symptoms of Anxiety?

 The feeling of anxiety differs from person to person ranging from a feeling of butterflies in the stomach to a racing heart, some people also experience no control and a feeling of disconnectedness between mind and body losing their control. Some people experience intense stress, worry, nightmares, panic attacks, painful repetitive thoughts or memories, and overthinking that they can’t control or stop on their own.

Common symptoms of general anxiety that can be observed are:

• Racing heartbeats with high heart rate

• Chills or hot flashes

• Breathlessness or shortness of breath

• Numbness or tingling sensation

• Restlessness and distress

• Difficulty in focusing and concentrating

• Hard to sleep or to wake up

• Agitation and fatigue

• Dizziness or fainting feeling

• Dry mouth or intense sweating Early diagnosis and intervention can ease the signs and symptoms while avoiding the adverse effects of anxiety.

 In many mild cases, a basic lifestyle modification can fix the issue while in some moderate and severe cases Psychotherapy and Cognitive-behaviour modification therapies are widely used along with conventional medication and treatment plans.

 Our therapists use standardized diagnostic methods to identify the severity of the disorder and its effect on everyday life gaining a deeper understanding of the root cause. Thus making effective and easily applicable customized treatment plans to help individuals overcome anxiety disorders.

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