Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health disorders. General anxiety disorder (GAD) is one form requiring professional treatment to control mood swings and thought processes. For those who have an anxiety disorder, the condition goes well beyond just being worried or dealing with stress. It can create complications for dealing with day-to-day tasks and interfere with your quality of life. Yet, there is treatment available. At the Greater Boston Addiction Centers, we can provide you with the support you need for anxiety and addiction. 

What Is an Anxiety Disorder?

Woman Experiencing Anxiety DisorderAnxiety disorders are more than just feeling anxious. Anxiety is a natural emotion that can help you better plan for a work meeting or stand in front of a crowd with confidence when completing a speech. It can also aid in the fight-or-flight scenario in which your body deals with stress. Yet, for those who have an anxiety disorder, the feeling is not justified and, in many ways, can lead to uncontrollable thoughts and actions.

When your anxiety interferes with your life and worsens over time, that’s an indication that you may need help for your disorder. Some of the most common symptoms of GAD and other anxiety disorders that require treatment include:

  • Restless, wound-up, and unease even if you don’t know why
  • Experiencing negative thoughts and fears that don’t seem rational or realistic
  • Racing heart or shaking – experiencing unexplained sweating
  • Having an irrational fear of something such as a phobia
  • Excessive worrying and the inability to control worrying
  • Shortness of breath

Anxiety and addiction occur when a person uses drugs or alcohol to control their symptoms.

Common Types of Anxiety Disorders

There is a range of types of anxiety disorders. Each of them can cause the same kind of apprehension and nervousness. 

GAD: This condition tends to last for at least six months and impacts a person’s work, social interactions, school, and everyday life. It often relates to sleep problems, tension, and irritability that doesn’t improve.

Panic Disorder: This type of anxiety disorder tends to result in panic attacks, instances in which a person feels unable to control what’s happening due to irrational fear, often with physical symptoms such as shortness of breathing and a racing heart rate. It often includes a sense of impending doom.

Phobias: A person has an aversion to something, or someone may have an anxiety disorder related to a phobia. These may be unrealistic feelings of being afraid of something or that something could cause danger. Flying, blood, clowns, and specific animals are some examples. 

Social Anxiety Disorder: This condition relates specifically to social situations. A person feels uneasy and unable to communicate or interact in social situations. It often leads to avoiding those types of experiences.

Agoraphobia: This is a type of anxiety disorder related to leaving home or engaging in some types of action. This may include being in an open space or being in an enclosed space. It may have to do with standing in line, being outside of the home, or using public transportation.

Does Caffeine Affect Anxiety?

Caffeine intake can definitely affect people’s anxiety levels. Treatment options exist to help men and women struggling with anxiety disorders get help. At GBAC, we recommend discussing your caffeine intake with your doctor in order to make the changes when necessary. 

Healing Anxiety Heals the Mind

Each of our Needham, MA, drug rehab programs includes treatment for anxiety, including:

Find the Supportive Environment You Need When You Call Greater Boston Addiction Centers

If you have an anxiety disorder that is limiting your health and wellbeing, now is the time to embrace treatment. At Greater Boston Addiction Centers, we offer a range of treatments for GAD, including those designed to support you if you are struggling with addiction as well. Learn more about anxiety disorders and how we can help you through them, including both anxiety and addiction. Call 877.920.6583 or reach out to us online today.