Symptoms and effects of anxiety disorder
(Jayne Leonard, Medical News Today) Anxiety can impact physical and mental health. There are short- and long-term effects on both the mind and body.
While many people know about the effects of anxiety on mental health, fewer people are aware of the physical side effects, which can include digestive issues and an increased risk of infection.
Anxiety can also change the function of the cardiovascular, urinary, and respiratory systems.
In this article, we discuss the most common physical symptoms and side effects of anxiety.
What is an anxiety disorder?
Excessive worry and nervousness are characteristics of anxiety.
Anxiety describes a group of disorders that cause worry, nervousness, and fear. These feelings of anxiety interfere with everyday life and are out of proportion to the triggering object or event.
In some cases, people are unable to identify a trigger and feel anxious for what seems like no reason.
While mild anxiety can be expected in some situations, such as before an important presentation or meeting, persistent anxiety can interfere with a person’s well-being.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders represent the most common mental illness in the United States and affect 40 million adults in the country every year.
While these disorders respond well to treatment, but only 36 percent of people with an anxiety disorder receive treatment.
Types of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder — excessive anxiety for no apparent reason that lasts for 6 months or longer
- Social anxiety — fear of judgment or humiliation in social situations
- Separation anxiety — fear of being away from home or family
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