Learning how to deal with anxiety can be very beneficial for those in recovery from drugs or alcohol. Most anxiety is based off of some sort of fear. Not getting what we want, losing something we have, or the fear of the unknown. Anxiety can come in all forms and sometimes is difficult to identify if the person is unaware of the signs and symptoms.
How To Deal With Anxiety: Types Of Disorders
General anxiety – General Anxiety is characterized by chronic feelings of unnecessary worry without a specific cause; feeling tense, jittery or on edge.
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)- OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive thoughts and fears that lead to repetitive behaviors, also known as compulsions.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)- PTSD is a mental condition that is triggered by a traumatic or terrifying event and can lead to flashbacks, nightmares and extreme anxiety.
Phobias- A phobia is an abnormal, constant and irrational fear of something specific or a specific situation that leads to avoiding the situation, knowing that it’s not dangerous.
Panic Disorder- Like panic attacks, a sudden episode of intense fear that may trigger sever physical reactions, losing control, heart attack or even death.
Social Anxiety- Labeled as a discomfort when a person is involved with social interactions that include a concern about being judged or evaluated by others; social insecurity.
How to deal with Anxiety: Signs & Symptoms
- Tingling feelings in toes, fingers, and face
- Hot or cold flashes
- Chest pain and shortness of breath
- Intense fear / Impending sense of doom or death
- Loss of appetite or increased appetite
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- “Lump in your throat”
- Difficulty breathing
Now that you know some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety, what can you do to control it? Check out our next article, Anxiety In Recovery Part 2: Ways To Deal With Anxiety, for tips and tricks on how to control your stress levels.
If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety and also has a drug or alcohol problem, call today and speak to one of our addiction specialists. The Watershed provides a dual-diagnosis program that can heal both anxiety and substance addiction. Don’t hesitate to call the number on the top of this screen and get the help you deserve!Tags: Alcoholism, anxiety, Dual Diagnosis, dual diagnosis program, gratitude, how to deal with anxiety, meditation, OCD, PTSD, The Watershed