You May Be Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress that helps a person cope with a tense situation and serves to improve performance. For example, driving in heavy traffic is a common source of anxiety, but it helps keep us alert and cautious to avoid accidents. Anxiety can also interfere with a person’s life by causing intense feelings of fear or distress, and can impair a person’s relationships or ability to work or go to school if not treated.
There are various types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias. However, all anxiety disorders have one thing in common: persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening. People typically experience one or more of the following symptoms:

 

Physical Effects of Anxiety Disorders

 

  • Dizziness, decreased sex drive, irritability
  • Increased muscle tension
  • Chest pain, heart palpitations, increased blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Blushing, sweating, or trembling around other people

Psychological Effects of Anxiety Disorders

 

  • Poor concentration or memory
  • Fear that something terrible is about to happen
  • Feelings of being cut off from reality
  • Feelings that others are talking about you or judging you
  • Feeling very self-conscious in front of other people and worried about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, rejected, or fearful of offending others

Causes and Risk Factors

Mental illness is not your fault.

There is no single cause for mental health disorders; instead, they can be caused by a mixture of biological, psychological and environmental factors. People who have a family history of mental health disorders may be more prone to developing one at some point.

An estimated 40 million adults in the U.S. (18%) have an anxiety disorder making it the most common mental health condition in the United States. Additionally, 8% of children and teenagers experience this condition, and most people develop symptoms before age 21.Research is finding that the frequent interaction of both genetic and environmental factors contribute to anxiety disorders including shyness in childhood, being female, exposure to stressful life events, and anxiety disorders in close biological relatives – to name a few.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health condition like anxiety, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The Center for Health Care Services can help. Our Adult Behavioral Health Division offers the following comprehensive services:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Medical follow-ups and management
  • Wellness counseling, education and therapy
  • Integrated and primary care
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Case management
  • Crisis services
  • And other services to support each person’s goals for recovery

In the event of a mental health crisis including suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please call the 24-Hour Crisis & Substance Use Helpline at 800-316-9241 or 210-223-SAFE (7233). Please call 911 if harm to self or harm to others is imminent.

The CHCS team helps people find hope, determine their path to wellness, and discover their way to an independent, productive life. For more information, or to begin receiving services, please contact our Outpatient Clinic Mental Health Eligibility and Intake.

Adults: (210) 261-1250 Children: (210) 261-3350

Create Your Calm

Alternative Approaches to Mental Health and Wellness

Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques:

In general, relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention to something calming and increasing awareness of your body. To reap the benefits of deep breathing, focus on taking deep breaths in and out through your mouth, feeling the air slowly fill your chest and belly and then slowly leave them again. The hand on the chest should stay still, while the one over your diaphragm should rise with your breath. This is how you know the breath is deep enough. Breathe in for a count of five, and slowly release the breath through your nose at the same rate. Continue deep breathing until you feel relaxed. 

Be Open to the Present and Practice Mindfulness:

Mindfulness can help ground you in the reality of what’s around you. Since panic attacks can cause a feeling of detachment or separation from reality, mindfulness works to combat your panic attack before or as it is actually happening. Additional benefits include mental well-being, stress reduction, and increased calmness, clarity and concentration – to name a few.

Reduce Stress by Indulging in Relaxing Activities.

For example, music and art therapy, journaling, reading or taking to a crossword puzzle.   

Light Exercise:

Walking, yoga and stretching creates movement, changes the way we breathe and can provide sensory distraction helping to reduce the amount a person thinks about symptoms. Aerobic exercise can help treat mild depression as it increases endorphins and stimulates norepinephrine – improving a person’s mood.

Mood and Food:

Important nutrients found in food can affect brain chemistry, impact moods and improve memory and cognitive function. By maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, and avoiding processed foods, you’re more likely to feel calmer, more content and generally in a better mood. Foods that adversely impact mood include caffeine, alcohol, trans fats, sugary snacks, refined carbs and fried food. Foods that can boost moods include omega-3s, nuts, avocados, flaxseed, beans, leafy greens and fresh fruit.  

Additional Alternative Approaches:

Include massage, acupuncture, meditation, faith, aromatherapy or hydrotherapy to create your calm.  

Knowledge is Power! Learn more about mental health:

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