To be nervous, to feel butterflies in your stomach before a meeting or an important situation, you are not alone. In fact, we all are like that! It’s normal and common to worry about big events or complex situations where we are involved.
Now, if that feeling is so strong that it prevents you from leaving the house or doing your normal life, then you may be facing anxiety. According to recent statistics, the anxiety disorder is common in our country with more than 3 million cases per year.
There are many reasons why someone could face anxiety, and according to experts almost everyone experiences some sort of it at some point of their lives, but the important part here is to be able to identify it and to treat it in time.
You should know that there are several anxiety-related disorders and even though some of them could be similar and interact with each other, the common elements on all of them are ongoing fear, worry, excessive nervousness, and inability to live normally due to those feelings.
Who can diagnose anxiety? Initially, you! If your fear and nervousness are out of proportion, you may know that something is wrong. But it’s your primary physician or your mental health doctor who can conduct a physical exam looking for symptoms that could underline a relationship with medications or any other medical condition that could be triggering the anxiety disorder.
Once the anxiety is diagnosed you will probably be referred to a psychiatrist specialized in anxiety and its treatment. Your psychiatrist could provide not only counseling and therapy but also medication for your anxiety disorder.
If you believe that you are suffering from anxiety disorder, act now and talk to your doctor. There is treatment and help available.