What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an overwhelming sense of dread, worry or fear in response to a perceived threat, stress, a particular event, a person or a trigger related to a trauma. The physical symptoms of anxiety include, but are not limited to, tense muscles, trembling, heart palpitations, sweating and diarrhea. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illness in America, affecting about 18 percent of the population. Anxiety can be mild or completely debilitating, with varying levels of distress.
There are numerous causes of anxiety disorders. Anxiety can be a result of substance abuse, especially alcohol and benzodiazepine. Stress plays a significant role in the anxiety response, especially when coping skills are lacking. There is also evidence that genetics can contribute to anxiety disorders, including brain chemistry and personality. A traumatic event will often result in prolonged anxiety and in some cases lead to post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Although treatment for anxiety is very effective, only about one-third of those struggling with one of the anxiety disorders will seek treatment in clinics. Anxiety Treatment Centers of California is here to assist you in getting the help you need.