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You Don’t Have to Cope With Anxiety Alone

In any given year, about 40 million people in the United States experience an anxiety disorder. This year, with a global pandemic, economic worries, and difficult decisions regarding educating your children, it’s quite likely that a great many more people are dealing with anxiety. 

Here at ALON Family Health, our staff, led by Rolando Perez, MD, wants you to know that you don’t have to cope with anxiety alone. 

Day-to-day anxiety versus anxiety disorder

Some level of anxiety is perfectly normal. There’s nothing unusual about worrying about your financial situation, feeling anxious just before an interview or important presentation, or having trouble sleeping after a traumatic event or during a period of grief. 

But in a pandemic, those normal feelings of anxiety can stretch on and become an anxiety disorder. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, one of the hallmarks of an anxiety disorder is “constant and unsubstantiated worry that causes significant distress and interferes with daily life.” Right now, constant worry seems to be a hallmark of simply living. 

How do you know when you have normal anxiety or if you have an anxiety disorder? There are several ways. First, if you feel fear to the point that you’re unable to leave your house, you should seek treatment. You need to be able to function. 

Another reason to consider care is if you can’t sleep. Proper sleep is critical for good health, and if your sleep has been disturbed due to anxious thoughts for weeks, your health may begin to pay a toll. 

You also need to be able to concentrate in order to meet your daily obligations, and if anxiety is making that impossible, it’s time to book an appointment with us at ALON Family Health. Other significant signs include: 

Treatments for anxiety

There are, of course, many ways you can try to manage anxiety on your own. 

Getting enough exercise, taking time for yoga or meditation practice, eating a properly balanced diet, spending time with loved ones, or pursuing a hobby or other pleasurable activity are all methods for managing anxiety. 

But when those self-care options aren’t working or aren’t working well enough, there are other options. 

Medications, particularly antidepressants, may be helpful. The other most effective method of treatment is therapy. 

Sometimes a combination of treatments works best. Using one or both of these treatments along with the other methods of managing stress, such as exercise, is an effective approach for many people. 

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, and seeking treatment now doesn’t mean that you’ll always need it, just as when you seek treatment for a physical ailment like the flu. 

If you’d like to learn more about how our experts at ALON Family Health can help you cope effectively with anxiety disorder, book an appointment today.

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