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Mental Disorders




Anxiety can leave a person feeling nervous, tense and restless. They can feel overwhelmed and unable to concentrate. In some cases, there could be a feeling of doom and impending danger. The heart beats much faster than usual. Other symptoms are sweating, trembling, panicky and generally feeling tired and weaker than normal.

There is an increase in the number of children who are suffering from anxiety because they are finding it difficult to cope with what is expected from them in terms of education, socializing and being accepted. Many children are seeing school counselors to help them.

Usually, stress is a trigger that causes anxiety symptoms, and the anxiety increases the stress levels so in a way they go hand in hand. The brain frequently releases stress hormones in long-term anxiety and panic attacks. This causes headaches, depression, and dizziness.

Anxiety can be brought on by a number of different situations such as:

  • Financial worries
  • Divorce
  • Problems at work or School
  • Having to wear too many hats such as looking after the family and working full-time (especially for one-parent families).
  • Anxiety disorders have been linked to drugs and alcohol abuses
  • Some types of prescribed medication can cause anxiety and also caffeine in tea, and coffee, etc.
  • There are some weight-loss supplements that have been associated with causing anxiety symptoms.

If anxiety disorders remain untreated they can cause negative consequences that impact the daily life of the person; unable to attend work or school, no longer socializing or capable of having normal relationships. Panic disorder can make the sufferer feel as if they are having a heart attack or just going totally mad.

Mild to moderate anxiety, can be cured with self-help or talking therapy. Severe anxiety needs experienced help, and the first port of call should be the doctor. If anxiety has been on-going every day for a few months where the person is constantly worrying about a number of things, this is leading to Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). If it has reached the GAD level, it is time to seek professional help.

Anxiety can lead to more serious mental disorders such as severe depression.


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