Anxiety Disorder Resources and Clinical Trials on Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders include illnesses such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia and are some of the most commonly occurring psychiatric disorders today. As a group, these disorders affect roughly 10% of all people seen in the doctor's office and can be debilitating when not treated. Approximately 25% of the population will experience some form of anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Sadly, these disorders are often misdiagnosed in medical settings and take an average of 10 years before proper treatment is started. Many people are never treated for their anxiety disorder.
GAD is characterized by persistent worry or anxiety about different things. Common subjects of anxiety include ordinary things such as family, illness, money, health or work. GAD sufferers also often worry about confrontation and acceptance. Along with excessive worry, GAD patients can feel restless, overly fatigued or irritable and may have a disturbed sleep pattern, difficulty concentrating and muscle tension.
Social anxiety disorder involves a marked and persistent fear of social situations in which a person must interact or perform for unfamiliar people. This differs from normal shyness or nervousness because it causes dysfunction in the person's life. People with social anxiety often fear public speaking, writing in public, any social gatherings or using public washrooms. They feel as though people are watching and judging them and are particularly fearful of people noticing their anxiety.
Panic disorder involves recurrent brief but intense periods of fear (called panic attacks) that are characterized by physical symptoms including a racing heart, trembling, sweating, feelings of choking and feeling out of control. Many people experience a panic attack in their lifetime, but in order to be diagnosed with panic disorder, the attacks must be recurrent and at least one should be followed by a period of a month or more or persistent fear and worry.
All anxiety disorders are treatable at our Kelowna facility. A combination of medication and therapy is generally the most effective. After a thorough assessment and diagnosis, we will discuss all anxiety disorder treatment options with you before choosing a course of action that is right for you.
We are pleased to bring you a personal diary on anxiety disorder.