Anxiety

Life Quality Resources can help lift the burden of constant worry and help you regain your life full of freedom, confidence, and success.

 

Treatment

At Life Quality Resources, we seek to improve your life by treating your mind and your body, as well as the relationship between the two, through a personalized treatment plan that can decrease your discomfort.

This treatment plan will focus on:

  • Managing Anxiety Triggers
  • Neurotransmitter Functioning
  • Coping Strategies
  • Relaxation
  • Biofeedback/Neurofeedback
  • Nexalin Advanced Therapy®
  • Nutrition
  • Medication Management (for adults 18 and over)

 

About Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety and fear are normal parts of life for everyone, and can even be healthy if addressed in an appropriate manner. In a world that moves at a lightning fast pace, anxiety is a natural reaction to stressors. However, when that anxiety results in a prolonged (generally at least 6 months) and obsessive state of worry that interrupts your ability to live happily and successfully, a treatment suited to your particular needs should be sought and utilized. Anxiety disorders are serious medical conditions that, if left untreated, can become progressively worse to the point of debilitation.

In addition to experiencing prolonged and overwhelming anxiety for 6 months or more, people with anxiety disorder more often than not have at least three of the symptoms below.

  • Restlessness
  • A feeling of being “high-strung” or “on edge”
  • Easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Uncomfortable muscle tension
  • Difficulty sleeping

Other physical symptoms associated with generalized anxiety disorder include:

  • Trembling, twitching, muscle soreness
  • Headaches, sweating or chills, nausea, dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Being easily startled

People with generalized anxiety disorder also might experience depression at some point.

 

Causes

Genetics, environment, and functional health are thought to be the major contributing factors for people suffering from anxiety. While your genetics might be partly responsible for why anxiety develops, researchers believe environmental factors such as stressful events in one’s life can reinforce and exacerbate an anxiety disorder. Conversely, diet and regular exercise can help reduce anxiety.

The same genetic factors that increase risk for anxiety disorders are thought to be related to those genes that cause depression.

Neurophysiology gives us a physical explanation for these disorders that can help you better understand the connection between the mind and body. Two neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine, are generally thought to be linked to anxiety disorder and depression. Lower levels of serotonin, in particular, have been shown to be linked to addiction, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue.

 

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are several categories of anxiety disorders including:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: This form of anxiety centers on excessive, unrealistic worry and tension that can be unprovoked entirely or focused on specific experiences.

Panic Disorder: Characterized by repeated and unexpected intense feelings of terror with no warning, frequently accompanied by sweating, chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, and abdominal stress. People suffering a panic attack often feel like they are having a heart attack. When extreme anxiety or panic is frequent and unprovoked by any obvious triggers it is important to get a medical checkup to rule out physical causes for panic, such as benign heart condition.

Social Anxiety Disorder: Also called social phobia, social anxiety disorder is characterized by an overwhelming anxiousness and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations, usually focused on being judged by others, or a fear of acting in a way that may cause ridicule. These fears are often realized to be unreasonable yet still impossible to overcome without professional guidance. Physical symptoms accompanying this disorder include profuse sweating, trembling, nausea, blushing, and speech difficulties.

Specific phobias: Specific phobias focus on an intense, irrational fear of something that poses little or no realistic danger. Common specific phobias include fear of being in closed-in places; fear of heights or flying; and fears of needles . While many people with specific phobias understand the irrationality of these fears, they often find that facing, or even considering facing, the feared object or situation causes severe anxiety or a panic attack.

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