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Anxiety Information

  • Anxiety is a physical condition marked by intense and persistent feelings of distress, fear, angst or dread. General anxiety caused by routine day-to-day stresses usually passes quickly and is experienced by almost everyone at one time or another. However, such feelings that linger over time and are very difficult to cope with, and which lack a clear cause, may indicate an anxiety disorder that warrants medical support...
  • Anxiety Causes

    Biology, environment, and psychology constitute a group of factors that can lead to anxiety disorder. Biological influences include genetics, hormonal and chemical imbalances, and chronic fatigue or exhaustion. Environmental influences include events that cause extreme stress, with common triggers being career trouble, financial hardship, and the death or loss of a loved one. Internal psychological influences usually include an abnormal relationship with fear, not based on fact and often characterized as "irrational" by others.

    Anxiety Treatments

    There are a range of treatment options that offer both the emotional support and knowledge essential for coping and relief. Lifestyle changes can aid in the healing process for many mood-based disorders like anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of psychotherapy that coaches and encourages a person to modify her underlying assumptions, beliefs and reactions to the outside world. Pharmaceutical medications are widely prescribed to soothe the physical symptoms of anxiety disorder. In most cases a combination of therapy and medication works best. DailyStrength users have experience with both types, and offer their own reviews of prescriptions like Xanax, Effexor and Cymbalta, as well as therapy or lifestyle-based approaches like yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and positive thinking.

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