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ANXIETY

Empower Your Mind

Embrace Your Calm

In today’s fast-paced world, anxiety can often feel like an uninvited guest that overstays its welcome, affecting our peace of mind and overall well-being. At AMP Mental Health, we understand the profound impact anxiety can have on your life, and we are here to offer a guiding hand through your journey to tranquility. Whether you’re dealing with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, or any other form of anxiety, our goal is to empower you with the tools and insights needed for lasting change. 

About Anxiety

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a basic human feeling that helps us be cautious about possible problems or dangers; it’s like our body’s alarm system for when we face uncertain situations.

But when this feeling goes beyond just normal worry and turns into constant nervousness that makes us feel really uncomfortable and stressed all the time, it’s a problem. This kind of anxiety can make our heart beat fast, fill our head with too many thoughts, and make our chest feel tight—these are the common signs that tell us anxiety is affecting us more than it should.

It feels like you’re always on the edge, unable to escape a shadow of doom that seems to follow you, even when everything actually seems fine. Anxiety disorders include a variety of mental health issues, each with its own specific causes and ways it shows up in our lives.

Understanding the SIGNS

What Are The Symptoms?

Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are terms often used interchangeably, but they describe different experiences within the realm of anxiety disorders. Understanding the distinction between them can be crucial for identifying and treating these conditions effectively.

Anxiety Attacks

Trigger-Based

Often occur in response to a perceived stressor or threat. The onset is typically gradual, building up in response to stress or worry over time.

Panic Attacks

Sudden Onset

Typically begin abruptly, without an obvious trigger, and peak in intensity within minutes.

Physical symptoms
  • Gut Sensations: A sensation of churning or knots in your stomach.
  • Dizziness and Lightheadedness: Feeling light-headed or dizzy.
  • Pins and Needles: Sensations of tingling, often in your extremities.
  • Restlessness: An inability to sit still, accompanied by a constant need to move.
  • Aches and Pains: Headaches, backaches, and muscle aches or pains.
  • Increased Breathing Rate: Breathing faster than usual.
  • Irregular Heartbeat: A fast, thumping, or irregular heart rate.
  • Sweating and Flushing: Experiencing profuse sweating or sudden hot flushes.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Teeth Grinding: Particularly common during nighttime.
  • Nausea: Feeling queasy or nauseated.
  • Changes in Bathroom Habits: Altered frequency of needing to use the toilet.
  • Sexual Changes: Fluctuations in sexual desire.
  • Panic Attacks: Sudden and intense episodes of anxiety.
Mental symptoms
  • Tension and Nervousness: A constant feeling of tension, nervousness, or an inability to relax.
  • Dread and Worry: A sense of dread and fearing the worst.
  • Time Perception Changes: Feeling like time is either speeding up or slowing down.
  • Perceived Attention: Believing that others can see your anxiety and are scrutinizing you.
  • Worrying About Worry: Feeling like you can’t stop worrying or fearing negative consequences if you do.
  • Anxiety About Anxiety: Worrying about the occurrence of panic attacks or other anxiety-related events.
  • Seeking Reassurance: Frequently seeking reassurance from others or worrying about people being angry or upset with you.
  • Reality Concerns: Worrying that you’re losing touch with reality.
  • Low Mood and Depression: Anxiety can often coincide with low mood and depression.
  • Rumination: Engaging in repetitive thinking about negative experiences or situations.
  • Depersonalization: A feeling of disconnection from your own mind or body, as if you’re watching yourself in a movie.
  • Derealization: Feeling disconnected from the world around you or perceiving it as unreal.
  • Future Worries: Excessive worrying about future events and uncertainties.

Types Of Anxiety Disorders

Treatment Solutions

Navigating Options

Medications can’t cure an anxiety disorder, but they can improve symptoms and help you function better. Medications for anxiety disorders often include:

  • Anti-anxiety medications, such as benzodiazepines, may decrease your anxiety, panic and worry. They work quickly, but you can build up a tolerance to them. That makes them less effective over time. Your healthcare provider may prescribe an anti-anxiety medication for the short-term, then taper you off or the provider may add an antidepressant to the mix.
  • Antidepressants or SSRIs can also help with anxiety disorders. They tweak how your brain uses certain chemicals to improve mood and reduce stress. Antidepressants may take some time to work, so be patient. If you feel like you’re ready to stop taking antidepressants, talk to your provider first.
  • Beta-blockers, usually used for high blood pressure, can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of anxiety disorders. They can relieve rapid heartbeat, shaking and trembling.
TAKE THE FIRST STEP

Get Past Your Anxiety

It’s clear that overcoming anxiety is a deeply personal journey, one that may involve a combination of therapy, medication, and self-care strategies. At AMP Mental Health, we are dedicated to supporting you through this journey with tailored treatment plans that address your specific needs and challenges. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and with the right support, it’s possible to regain control over your anxiety and rediscover the joy in everyday life. You’re not alone on this path to recovery, and together, we can strive towards a calmer, more fulfilling future. Speak with an AMP Mental Health provider today by calling 305-204-9355 to get started on your journey.

Speak with an AMP Mental Health provider today by calling 305-204-9355 to get started on your journey.

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