Anxiety Disorders among young adults is a distressful status that often times requires professional therapeutic help to overcome. At The Crossroads is unique in the fact that we specialize in the therapeutic treatment and intervention of young adults, both men and women, with anxiety disorders. For immediate help regarding anxiety disorders please call 866-439-0354.
Anxiety is considered a normal feeling that young adults experience when they are faced with something that is new, uncertain, or very important. For example, a big test, a job interview, or a date with an attractive person of the opposite sex. Moreover, anxiety can be experienced under abnormal circumstances as well, such as unexpected setbacks, and car accident, or some type of fear brought about by uncertain circumstances (break up of an important relationship).
Anxiety, if gone unchecked, could become overwhelming and create a cycle of dysfunction. When normal anxious feelings become overwhelming even simple exams, job interviews, public speaking can become seriously dysfunctional situations.
Normal anxious feelings are experienced by everyone. Your pulse rate might go up and you may have butterflies in your stomach. Feeling anxious at these times is normal, and can actually be helpful because can be used as motivate. But people who suffer from strong anxiety (gripping fear) can all normal anxious feelings to interfere with normal life. Some people, with serious anxiety issues, struggle to meet new people or go outside.
In young adults who suffer from anxiety disorders normal anxious feelings enhanced, and they don't go away. They are present much of the time, even when there is no reason to be anxious. Sometimes the anxious feeling don't turn off.
Anxiety disorders are treated by professionals (as well as medication) when the anxiety turns to panic, and the feelings of panic get in the way of normal functions (school, jobs, social activities). Young people with anxiety disorders stop the important activities that bring about anxiety. This can be very disruptive.
Signs of Anxiety Disorder
• heart beats faster
• breathing speeds up
• palms sweat
• muscles tighten
• stomach tightens
The anxious feelings described above are all signs of the normal 'fight or flight' response. It can become debilitating when these feelings never go away, especially under normal circumstances.
Normal daily anxiety is actually helpful, and normal anxious thoughts can help keep us grounded and safe. However, abnormal or debilitating anxiety can stifle a normal life if a person has been abused, or has developed an abusive life-style (perpetual tension brought about through a destructive life-style).
• violence and abuse (war, drug abuse, spousal abuse)
• trauma from a car accident
• relationship problems
• Being isolated
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