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Facts and Questions About Anxiety Disorders

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  • Most anxiety disorder cases manifest in adults, and there are various symptoms that you should watch out for that could indicate the condition that you have
  • Factors like post-work stress, morning distractions, sleep disturbances, restless leg syndrome, late night associations and physical responses may trigger or worsen anxiety

Q: Can anxiety kill you?

A: Anxiety disorders can trigger complications like heart disease1 and may prompt thoughts of suicide.2 Although living with anxiety is difficult, you can still cope with the condition, provided you take measures to manage it. Check out some of the effective treatments for anxiety, or join support groups near your area.

Q: What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety in adults?

A: Most anxiety disorder cases manifest in adults, and there are various symptoms you should watch out for that may indicate the specific condition that you have. Unfortunately, pregnant women aren’t spared from anxiety disorders, but there are effective anxiety relief techniques that can be practiced to manage this condition.

Q: What does anxiety feel like?

A: People with anxiety say that the overwhelming feelings of worry and dread are a big part of their day-to-day struggle. But since there are various anxiety disorders, there are also particular symptoms that may be “unique” to certain conditions.

Q: Is separation anxiety prevalent in adults?

A: Yes. Although more common in children, adults are also prone to this disorder. Adult separation anxiety disorder occurs when an adult develops persistent anxiety when faced with the threat of being separated from loved ones. Common indicators of this anxiety disorder include:3

Intense fear or worry about losing someone close to you or someone you care about

Reluctance or avoidance toward traveling, going out or joining events that entail separation from loved ones

Fear of being left alone

Separation-related nightmares

This condition may occur in young adults leaving their homes to live on their own, in older adults coping with children or family members moving away, or after the death of a spouse.4 To avoid separation anxiety from affecting you or someone you know, follow these prevention tips.

Q: What is situational anxiety?

A: Situational anxiety is defined as excessive and out of proportion anxiety that develops because of factors5 in a specific situation.6

Q: Can anxiety manifest at night?

A: Some people may experience evening anxiety, wherein the feelings become too overwhelming at this time of the day. Factors like post-work stress, morning distractions, sleep disturbances, restless leg syndrome, night or late night associations, and physical symptoms may trigger or worsen anxiety.7

Q: Is melatonin Ideal for anxiety disorders?

A: Yes. Melatonin can benefit patients who suffer from insomnia8 or other sleeping difficulties that may occur because of anxiety disorders. A 2016 animal study highlighted that melatonin use counteracted depressive behavior by promoting health-boosting effects in stressed portions in the brain.9

Please take note, however, that melatonin supplements shouldn’t be your only option for addressing anxiety disorders, mainly because there have been side effects linked to it.10 Instead, consult your doctor first to know about the treatment protocol suitable for your condition and consume more nutrient-rich fresh foods that may negate these anxious feelings.

Q: Does birth control cause anxiety?

A: Yes. Birth control pills often contain synthetic hormones,11 particularly estrogen and progesterone. Although they are associated with reproductive health, these hormones can also negatively affect mental health.12 As Dr. Elizabeth Reynoso, an OB-GYN from Arizona, highlights, synthetic birth control pills may disrupt the balance of “feel-good” neurotransmitters in the brain (dopamine, GABA and norepinephrine), and often exacerbate depression and anxiety.13

Q: Is it possible to drink coffee and not have anxiety?

A: People with anxiety disorders may benefit from drinking organic, shade-grown coffee without added sugars, creamers or sweeteners because of its potential effects on the brain.

Q: Is there therapy for anxiety?

A: There are two types of natural therapy for anxiety disorder patients. The first is aromatherapy, which uses essential oils to help relieve body tensions and boost mood.14,15 Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), wherein the patient discusses anxiety-related issues with a mental health professional to hopefully find possible solutions to the issues, is another good option.16

Q: What other methods can help with anxiety?

A: Hypnosis has also been suggested as a form of therapy for anxiety. WebMD highlights that while hypnosis isn’t entirely dangerous, there is a risk for developing false memories.17 As such, it would still be wise to exercise caution and consult your physician before trying hypnosis. In the meantime, consider other methods that can help with anxiety such as joining support groups, meditating or exercising.

Q: Are there jobs for people with anxiety disorders?

A: Some jobs shown to be compatible for people with anxiety disorders include writing, computer programming, landscaping, accounting and counseling.18

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Anxiety Types

Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Prevention

Anxiety Diet

Anxiety Support Groups

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Sources and References

  • 1 Johns Hopkins Medicine, “Anxiety and Heart Disease”
  • 2 Depress Anxiety. 2010 Sep; 27(9): 791–798
  • 3 "Stress: Concepts, Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior: Handbook of ..., Volume 1," March 10, 2016
  • 4 AnxietyBC, “Separation Anxiety”
  • 5 "Communicating for Results: A Guide for Business and the Professions,” February 1, 2013
  • 6 "Coping with Anxiety: Ten Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear, and Worry," April 1, 2016
  • 7 Calm Clinic, “What to Do When Anxiety Gets Worse in the Evening"
  • 8, 10 WebMD, June 14, 2017
  • 9 Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2016 Oct;26(10):1629-37
  • 11 The Huffington Post, April 9, 2015
  • 12 The Huffington Post, November 17, 2011
  • 13 Shape, “The Most Common Birth Control Side Effects”
  • 14 VeryWellMind, October 12, 2017
  • 15 Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 18, Issue 3, August 2012, Pages 164-168
  • 16 Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Therapy”
  • 17 WebMD, January 15, 2017
  • 18 VeryWellMind, February 27, 2018
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