July 25 2015
Most everyone feels anxious about something in their life, but that tends to last for only a brief moment. All of us worry about things like health, money, or family problems at one time or another, but people with Anxiety Disorders feel excessive worry that is difficult to control. They often feel hypervigilance, have trouble falling or staying asleep, feel restless, tired and irritable. These symptoms may negatively impact their everyday social and interpersonal relationships, education and employment functioning.
With proper treatment, many people with anxiety disorders can lead normal, and fulfilling lives. Anxiety disorders can best be treated through a combination treatment approach of specific types of psychotherapy, medication or both. Treatment choices depend on the type of disorder, the person’s preference, and the clinical approach of the therapist. NIMH estimates that 18% of American adults have anxiety disorders and require anxiety treatment.
Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and every child goes through stages. The problem occurs when anxiety becomes excessive in children, to the point where they fear facing everyday tasks/situations. Anxiety in children may lead to persistent thoughts of self-doubt and preoccupation with worries about their success and their ability to receive approval from others. This type of anxiety can become more severe with time if left un-treated.
Through therapy Anxiety disorders can be treated by a combined treatment approach using cognitive-behavioral treatment, family intervention and/or medication based on the individual needs of the child or adolescent.