Anxiety is a normal physiological reaction to external stressors that allows us to protect ourselves in certain situations. But what happens when worry and panic become constant and even inexplicable? An anxiety disorder is defined as a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with a person’s daily activities and life. There are a wide range of diagnosed anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of anxiety disorders can also vary, and include stress and worry that is out of proportion to the impact of the activating event, an inability to cease worrying and restlessness.
The causes of anxiety disorders aren’t fully known, but likely involve a combination of factors including genetics, developmental factors and a person’s environment and surroundings. Anxiety disorders can and often do run in families. Stressful situations such as a job loss, relationship difficulties, social isolation and traumatic events can certainly intensify feelings of anxiety. In extreme cases, people can experience debilitating and prolonged panic attacks.
Here at BOLD Health, we understand the challenges and stress presented by panic and anxiety disorders. We also understand that the environment we live in today is especially challenging and stressful. When you or someone you love is in need, you can turn to us for help.