Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in America, affecting 40 million adults. Some people are more genetically predisposed to anxiety than others, but environmental and lifestyle factors can also cause or exacerbate it. The exact causes of anxiety are not fully understood. Some scientists believe that genetics play a role, but most agree that the environment and certain habits are important as well.

The symptoms of anxiety can be very difficult to manage, especially when they are persistent and uncontrollable. Fortunately, there are many treatments available for anxiety disorders. These treatments include psychotherapy, or talk therapy, and medication. Medications for anxiety can help control the physical symptoms, while therapy helps reduce negative thinking patterns and self-defeating beliefs. Most people with anxiety find that a combination of the two works best for them.

A person should seek medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms:

Having a constant sense of dread or fear about things that are unlikely to happen. Excessive worrying that interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Difficulty sleeping due to anxiety. Being unable to focus or concentrate at work or school. Difficulty expressing emotions, including sadness and fear.

Anxiety may be caused by a number of conditions, diseases or medications. A doctor will run tests to rule out an underlying medical condition that might be causing the symptoms. If no medical problem is found, the doctor will refer the patient to a mental health specialist such as a psychiatrist or psychologist for treatment.

There is no one test to diagnose anxiety. A doctor will examine the patient and ask questions to see if there is any pattern to the symptoms. They will also review a patient’s past health history and look for any family history of mental illness or genetic tendency toward anxiety.

Once a diagnosis is made, there are a variety of treatments available. Some of the most effective treatment methods are cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure response prevention and psychoeducation. CBT is a form of talk therapy that helps the patient learn different ways of thinking, reacting and behaving to alleviate anxiety. Exposure response prevention is a technique that gradually introduces the patient to situations that they would normally avoid and encourages them to confront their fears. Psychoeducation is a series of sessions where the patient learns about anxiety, such as the physiology of the fight-or-flight response and how to use relaxation techniques.

Changing your daily routine can also help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. It is recommended that you exercise regularly, and eat a balanced diet. It is also important to avoid substances such as nicotine in cigarettes and caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Seek support from friends and family, and try to avoid alcohol or other drugs. You can also use relaxation and stress management techniques such as mindfulness, meditation or yoga. If you’re unable to get an appointment with your GP, consider contacting an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service in your area.

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