How Can Anxiety Affect Your Health?


How Can Anxiety Affect Your Health?

Anxiety disorder is an extremely serious medical condition. It is important to know what it is and how it can be treated because when it is left untreated, it can lead to more severe conditions including but not limited to suicide, depression, and drug or alcohol abuse. With effective treatment, many patients who have anxiety disorder can manage the symptoms and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. Here are some of the most important facts you need to know about this condition.

What is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorder is a condition that causes people to have excessive and persistent worry. Although this disorder may manifest in various forms, a common feature of all of them is that the worry will be severe and it will eventually interfere with the ability to do normal day-to-day activities, particularly those that involve meeting with other people. 

Common Conditions Connected With Anxiety

Here are some of the conditions that are associated with untreated anxiety:

Depression and anxiety disorder usually occur simultaneously. Due to the similar symptoms, some people cannot tell the difference between them. Both conditions lead to insomnia, agitation, restlessness, and the inability to focus the mind on one thought at a time.

Substance Abuse
With anxiety disorder, you are at risk of becoming addicted to drugs and other substances like nicotine and alcohol. Many times, people with anxiety disorder try to use various substances to get relief from their symptoms. In cases where sufferers self-medicate, symptoms may actually worsen. 

Studies have shown that a majority of those who commit suicide also suffer from some type of mental illness. This usually includes anxiety. If you have social phobia, you may also be at risk of committing suicide. It is best to seek immediate help from a physician if you have started entertaining suicidal thoughts. You may call 800-273-8255 which is the National Suicide Prevention hotline to speak to a trained counselor who can help as well.

Physical Illness
Unfortunately, anxiety raises your risk of contracting various diseases. This is because the chronic stress which is linked to anxiety can weaken your immune system, in turn, n turn puts you at higher risk of having infections like flu, colds, bronchitis, and other illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria.

Anxiety Complications

This condition has been linked with the following:
* respiratory disorders
* a higher risk of different heart diseases
* headaches and migraine
* gastro-intestinal problems including irritable bowel syndrome
* various kinds of allergies.

Future Outlook

Currently, there is no permanent cure for anxiety order because it is chronic in nature and it manifests in diverse forms. depending on its severity, you can improve within a few weeks with proper treatment, especially if you have panic disorder, or social phobia. Similarly, people who have generalized anxiety disorder or post traumatic stress disorder can improve dramatically with effective therapy.

The rate of improvement is also affected by stress. Stress management is a major concern and symptoms can be aggravated in times of increased stress. When a combination of psychotherapy and medication are applied, most patients with anxiety find it easier to control their responses and live a comfortable and productive life.

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