Maybe there’s more to a hard day at work than you thought – especially if the stress lasts weeks or months. Is it just work stress? You’re distracted, fearful, try, and avoid co-workers unless necessary. Feelings of stress are normal, but when they start interfering with life anxiety might be a serious problem.
A DEFINITION OF ANXIETY
For most people, feelings of anxiety are intermittent, mostly short-term. Some episodes of anxiety are shorter than others, lasting perhaps a few minutes to a few days.
But for some, these feelings are more than passing worries or a hard day at work. Your anxiety may last for weeks, months, or years. It can increase over time, sometimes becoming intense and interfering with daily life. When this occurs, you may actually be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY
- Low energy
- Problems concentrating, decision making
- A fast heartbeat
- Breathing heavily without effort
- Intense sweating
- Feeling exhausted or weak
- Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or helplessness
- Abnormal sleeping habits
- Pain, spasms, aches, or digestive problems without a cause
- You worry constantly
- You deliberately avoid people, places, or things which trigger anxiety
HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY
Treatments and therapies
It seems like the medical community is discovering innovative methods to treat the symptoms of mental illnesses like anxiety every time you read the news. One such alternative treatment is ketamine infusions, what some in the medical community are calling possibly “the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.”
Talk with your doctor or therapist if you notice any classic signs and symptoms. He or she can diagnose anxiety after confirming criteria in the guidebook of mental illness, the DSM-5, or decide if it’s related to a health issue. Otherwise, there are various treatment options, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medicine like ketamine, or combined treatment.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO
You can also control anxiety through lifestyle changes. Here are some suggestions from Dr. Cornelia Cremens:
- Dr. Cremens notes that “Men are so goal-oriented that when tasks are done, they are anxious about what to do next.” Simple goals like calling a friend or finishing a household chore. She encourages patients to write the goal down then cross it out when finished to “keep your mind satisfied.”
- Get out of the house. Try to interact with others a minimum of twice weekly. Work at a charity, join a hobby club or rec league, take up a skill or new sport.
- Deal with money issues. If anxiety focuses on money like not having enough for retirement, talk with a financial advisor to coordinate your budget and plan. Having an established strategy helps men, for instance, feel in control and deal with concerns as they arise.
- Try more relaxation exercises. Utilize mind-body activities like yoga, meditation, and qigong. These will help slow your mind and body and manage anxiety by preventing it from building up.
There are two primary ways to diagnose anxiety:
- See a doctor for a physical exam, to rule out another health issue causing symptoms.
- See a therapist or psychologist for a mental health evaluation, to review your personal and family history of mental health illnesses.
- In either case, your healthcare provider may arrive at a diagnosis, but only after comparing your symptoms to criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
TREATMENT FOR ANXIETY
With a diagnosis in hand, you and your doctor can talk about treatment options. Psychotherapy is always a top choice, but the medical community has discovered the benefits of ketamine beyond anesthesia. Research shows that its therapeutic properties may extend to help lower symptoms of mental illness and give people confidence those symptoms can be controlled.
If you or a loved one have questions about the clinical use of ketamine to help manage the symptoms of major anxiety we can help. Contact us today to learn more about the innovative new treatments that are available.