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Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorders: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment.

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What are Anxiety Disorders?

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety is a natural human response when we perceive danger or a threat. It triggers our “fight-or-flight” reflex, releasing hormones that heighten our senses and prepare us to either confront or flee from the threat. This is normal when facing an immediate physical danger.

With anxiety disorders, however, this response is activated frequently and intensely, even when there is no real threat present. The mind perceives danger in everyday situations where most people would not. This causes excessive worrying, tension, fear, and physical symptoms that disrupt daily life.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Several different types of anxiety disorders have their unique symptoms and challenges:

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Common Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Common Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Since anxiety affects both the mind and body, symptoms can be both psychological and physical. Some common signs of anxiety disorders include:

Psychological Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Chronic worrying or obsession over small concerns
  • Feeling agitated and unable to relax
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Irrational fears about specific situations or objects
  • Feeling unmotivated, restless, and on edge
  • Avoidance of situations that cause anxiety
  • Distorted thinking and catastrophizing
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Insomnia
  • Intrusive thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic events

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or twitching
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
  • Stomach pain or digestive issues

If you relate to several of these signs, you may have an anxiety disorder. The specific symptoms and their severity can vary greatly, but they all stem from that feeling of constant apprehension. Suffering from these unrelenting symptoms can start to feel “normal” after a while.Still, anxiety is not something you should keep tolerating. The proper treatment can provide relief.

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are more than just feeling anxious once in a while. They are serious mental health conditions that can significantly impact an individual's life, relationships, work, and overall well-being.While it is normal for people to experience some level of anxiety in certain situations, such as before a job interview or when giving a presentation, individuals with anxiety disorders have persistent and excessive worry and fear that can be triggered by seemingly mundane situations. This can lead to avoidance behaviors, which further exacerbate the disorder.

Anxiety disorders are also associated with physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, and muscle tension. These physical symptoms can be distressing and may lead to individuals seeking medical help, thinking they have a physical health condition.

Anxiety can stem from traumatic events, genetic factors, brain chemistry imbalances, and thought patterns that exaggerate potential threats. According to statistics, approximately 6.2% of the American population - over 19 million people - are affected by some form of clinical anxiety.

If left untreated, anxiety disorders can negatively impact work performance, relationships, and overall health and well-being. The constant state of worry, panic, and feeling “on edge” takes a toll both mentally and physically. Additionally, many people turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like drug or alcohol abuse to numb their anxiety when they feel unable to manage it in healthy ways.

At the Edge Treatment Center, we take a compassionate, comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating all forms of anxiety. Our goal is to provide lasting relief so you can function optimally and embrace life again.

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What Causes Anxiety Disorders?

What Causes Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety disorders stem from a complex combination of factors, including brain chemistry, childhood experiences, thought patterns, and traumatic events. Causes are unique for each individual. Potential contributing factors include:


You have a higher risk if your parents or siblings have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders or other mental health conditions like depression. 

Brain Chemistry

Those with anxiety often have an imbalance in certain neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and epinephrine. These brain chemicals regulate mood.

Trauma and Negative Experiences

Exposure to abuse, violence, tragedy, or significant losses during childhood often sets the stage for chronic anxiety later in life. High-stress events can alter the brain’s fear circuits.

Substance Abuse

Chronic use of stimulant drugs or other forms of substance abuse can trigger or worsen anxiety and panic attacks. 

Medical Causes

Conditions like hyperthyroidism, mitral valve prolapse, hypoglycemia, and some deficiencies can mimic or worsen anxiety symptoms. Anxiety also co-occurs with many chronic illnesses.

Thought Patterns

Cognitive distortions like catastrophizing and overgeneralizing can fuel excessive worry and fears. People with anxiety tend to perceive more threats in everyday situations. 


Memories or sensory cues can trigger painful emotional flashbacks of traumatic events before conscious awareness of the memory occurs. This contributes to trauma disorders, panic attacks and hypervigilance.

Environmental Stress

Financial or relationship problems, high-pressure jobs, lack of work/life balance, and unhealthy family dynamics keep the body in a constant stress response. The specific causes are unique for each individual. Often, anxiety disorders result from a combination of biological and environmental influences. Our providers perform comprehensive evaluations to uncover all contributing factors to select the most effective treatment approach.


Shyness, introversion, high sensitivity, and neurotic personality traits may predispose people to anxiety disorders. But anyone can develop anxiety under chronically stressful conditions.

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Overcoming Anxiety with Professional Help

Overcoming Anxiety with Professional Help

The good news is anxiety disorders are among the most treatable mental health conditions. Many people with anxiety disorders can experience significant relief with professional treatment and support. Our team approach offers proven therapies and medication options to help you regain control of your emotions, thoughts, and daily functioning.

The treatment options for anxiety disorders include a combination of:

We individualize treatment based on the nature of your anxiety and integrate multiple modalities tailored to your needs. Most people respond best to a combination of psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and social support.Our caring team partners with you throughout your healing journey until you feel in control of anxiety’s influence over your life.


Anxiety Disorders Are Treatable. Reach Out Today to The Edge Treatment Center

Anxiety Disorders are Treatable. Reach Out Today to The Edge Treatment Center Left untreated, anxiety disorders can be harmful. Worse than just a case of jitters, anxiety disorders can cause lasting damage to your mental and physical health. That's why getting professional help is crucial.

The good news is that anxiety disorders are treatable. With the right support and treatment, you'll learn to manage your symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

At The Edge Treatment Center, our team of highly trained professionals understands the complexities of anxiety disorders and offers comprehensive treatment options that address both the symptoms and underlying causes. Guided by a trauma-informed philosophy , we use evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches to help individuals manage their fears and worries.Don’t wait because anxiety tends to worsen over time without treatment. Contact The Edge Treatment Center today to learn more.

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