From Mind, Mood & Memory
In any given year, an estimated 40 million Americans – including 11 percent of adults ages 55 and older – suffer from an anxiety disorder (typically persistent worrying that cause excessive distress, disrupts daily activities, and lasts for six months or longer), according to the latest U.S. government data.
The most common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:
- Difficulty controlling worrying, even when it is acknowledged to be excessive.
- Feeling such as irritability, tension, or restlessness.
- Trouble concentrating or remembering.
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, pounding pulse, gastrointestinal upsets, frequent urination, fatigue, or muscle tension.
Contact your primary care physician for an assessment if you have these symptoms on a regular basis over a period of months, and especially if the symptoms cause acute distress or become disabling. A Doctor Kinry advises, “In some cases, the symptoms may be related to factors that can be corrected – a medication, a medical condition, such as a thyroid abnormality, or dietary factors, such as too much caffeine.
My next blog will cover effective treatments for anxiety.