Anxiety is a disorder marked by excessive, irrational fear and dread. Experiencing occasional anxiety & depression is a normal part of life, something everyone faces at some point. Feeling anxious because you have a job interview or before taking an exam or making an important decision are all very common. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent and overwhelming it begins to interfere with their daily life; this is when it would be a good time to see a Psychiatrist and talk about solutions (good news: anxiety can be treated!)
How do you know what “normal” is and when symptoms may be taking over? If you’re feeling anxious more than 50% of the time and are worrying about everyday things, finding it difficult to control the worry, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. If you feel restless and are easily fatigued, you’re having sleep disturbances, irritability, and difficulty concentrating; these are also signs of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can present in many forms, from sweaty palms and uneasiness to panic attacks to avoiding specific places or situations, people feel their anxiety in many different ways. What marks a disorder is when these symptoms get out of control and make you change the way you live your life or partake in daily tasks. Anxiety can be treated with a variety of modalities: medication, therapy, exercise, or a combination. Call Dr. Ditzell to set up a consultation if you feel like you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder and let us help you free yourself from the distress.