Most people feel anxious at times, particularly when experiencing a stressful event. However, if the symptoms are persistent or excessive, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. At The Private Psychiatry Group, Bristol, we can help determine what type of anxiety disorder you may have and the best evidence based treatment options for you.
The term anxiety disorder refers to a group of illnesses including generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.
These illnesses often have symptoms in common such as physical symptoms including trembling, nausea, shortness of breath and psychological symptoms, such as feeling on edge, difficulty concentrating and irritability.
Experiencing an anxiety disorder can sometimes lead to depression and it is not uncommon for individuals to have symptoms of both. For some, experiencing anxiety can also lead to other problems such as drug and alcohol misuse.
Experiencing an anxiety disorder can interfere with your ability to live life to the fullest however there are effective treatments available. The treatment offered will partly depend on which anxiety disorder you have been diagnosed with. Treatment options include psychological input such as cognitive behavioural therapy and medication such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants and sedative tablets.