Anxiety is a common emotion. It is what you feel when you have a job interview when you are faced with a problem or have to make a big decision. It manifests in various ways. Most people have had that butterfly in the stomach feeling or noticed that their hands are shaking or found themselves wishing they were any place but in the place, they are in right now.
Anxiety Disorders are a whole different thing. They are a crushing and irrational fear of situations, objects, people or sometimes, everyday things like getting up for work.
Signs of Anxiety
Anxiety creates intense and, sometimes, debilitating emotions like:
· Obsessive thoughts
People living with an Anxiety Disorder might notice that they make excuses for missing a social function or that they call into work often or, in extreme cases, they cannot work at all. Anxiety manifests itself differently in people. While there are some generalities, treatment is often personalized, usually combining talk therapy with medication. Some of the medications for anxiety are potentially addicting.
Some people turn to drugs and alcohol to escape their symptoms. This often happens because of the stigma attached to the disorder or lack of knowledge. Sometimes people with Anxiety Disorders have no idea why they feel the way they do but they do know that when they drink or use, they feel better. Sometimes, this self-medicating behavior leads to addiction, which then creates a situation where it is necessary to seek help not only for the anxiety but the addiction as well.
Drug interactions can be deadly. When a doctor prescribes a medication, the doctor or a pharmacist controls the dose and frequency of use. There is a carefully considered plan for treatment and the drugs are only part of that. However, when people self-medicate, they control the dosage and frequency themselves and often they lack the training and knowledge to make a considered decision about when enough is enough.
Some of the medications used to treat anxiety affect the body just like alcohol. They suppress the central nervous system, which controls things like breathing and heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. When mixed, they can put vital bodily functions at risk, leading, possibly to death.
Do You Have Questions?
Do you often worry about things others might consider insignificant? Are you often scared for no reason? Do you need a drink before leaving the house for a night with friends? If so, you might have a problem. At Fort Worth Recovery, we have trained people waiting to help you. You deserve to live a pleasant and healthy life. Call us today at 817 382 2894 or visit us online.