It’s human nature to think we’re immune to illness or injury. The best way to protect yourself from anxiety or mental illness is by recognizing the symptoms and getting help.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Being anxious can be a normal part of living. But if you experience mental illness, you’re often anxious, suffering episodes of harsh, disproportionate, and constant fear and worry about everyday life. Unfortunately, anxiety can hammer you repeatedly without warning, hitting peak severity levels in only a few minutes. In some instances, such emotions are huge compared to real danger and can last a long time. Treatment can work, including psychotherapy, self-help, or new techniques like ketamine infusion.
ANXIETY AFFECTS EVERYONE
According to research by the World Health Organization, mental health disorders like anxiety are a global phenomenon, harming more than 264 million people everywhere. So you’re not alone. In fact, as many as 31 percent of U.S. adults report experiencing anxiety once in their lives, with 19 percent reporting anxiety during recent years. Besides adults, it also harms children, with 25 percent of kids between ages 13 to 18 being affected by childhood anxiety disorders.
RISK FACTORS OF ANXIETY
There are many risk factors for anxiety. If you’re a woman living in Western Europe or North America, you have a higher chance of anxiety. Other warning signs include the presence of another mental illness like depression, acts of self-harm, substance abuse, and a serious health condition not related to anxiety.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE ANXIETY?
Anxiety shows up in many ways, and some of its signs are indistinguishable from what’s happening in your daily life. But it’s the mixture of certain symptoms and the rate at which they happen that creates a reason for concern. You can be suffering from anxiety if you have any of these symptoms:
- Nervousness, tension, restlessness
- A baffling sense of imminent doom
- A quick heartbeat
- You hyperventilate with rapid breaths
- You sweat heavily or tremble for no reason
- You have trouble concentrating or thinking
- You have abnormal sleep habits
- You’re constantly worried
- You repeatedly avoid things or people resulting in stress
Anxiety can be driven by genetics or the environment and is a widespread mental health illness harming about 40 million adults in the United States each year. Its severity and symptoms differ for everyone, but it’s important to recognize the triggers. Here are some to watch for:
- Health problems, like cancer, obesity, or chronic pain.
- The use of store-bought or prescription pain killers.
- Caffeine, from soda, coffee, or other caffeinated beverages.
- Poor eating habits.
- Bad thoughts.
- Financial worries are driven by unemployment, unaffordable housing, or other financial hardships.
- Social interaction.
- Failed relationships and other conflicts.
- Worry of public speaking.
- Intense family conflict.
HOW TO DIAGNOSE ANXIETY
Like other mental health disorders, anxiety can only be treated after diagnosis. To get diagnosed, follow these steps:
- See a medical doctor for an exam. This will rule out an underlying condition or illnesses which may cause your symptoms.
- See a psychologist or therapist for a mental evaluation, during which time you’ll be asked about thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and symptoms. You’ll also be asked about personal and family history of mental illness.
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed by referring to criteria in the DSM-5, your doctor will talk about treatment options. The first choice is nearly always some kind of psychotherapy or self-help, but new treatments like ketamine infusion are also a promising option.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT KETAMINE
After years of research, doctors and academics have uncovered clues that ketamine may help soothe symptoms of mental health and chronic pain disorders. The drug was synthesized in 1962 as a general anesthetic and earned praise during combat in Vietnam when used to treat wounded U.S. soldiers. Around that time, people discovered its psychedelic and mind-altering properties and it became a fixture of the counterculture movement.
Anxiety is a widespread mental disorder affecting millions of people around the world. If you’re one of them, confront your symptoms, and get help. Your healthcare provider will design a treatment plan, which may include psychotherapy or certain medicines like ketamine. When taken in small, controlled doses, ketamine works to repair or strengthen neurotransmitters in the brain.
If you or a loved one have questions about the clinical use of ketamine to help manage the symptoms of anxiety we can help. Contact us today to learn more about the innovative new treatment options that are available.