Anxiety can make overcoming substance abuse difficult and scary. North Coast Recovery can help manage anxiety.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal emotion that is essential to our survival. We all feel anxious whenever there is imminent danger, such as the threat of an attack. Anxiety causes your own “fight or flight” mechanism to kick in, resulting in your body producing more adrenaline to help you cope.
While some anxiety is normal, it becomes a problem whenever people react to situations that are not really dangerous, yet are perceived to be. Individuals who regularly become anxious under everyday circumstances are often diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, or phobia.
Signs of Anxiety
Individuals with an anxiety disorder tend to exhibit certain characteristics, such as:
- Over-exaggerating how difficult or dangerous a particular situation is
- Becoming extremely nervous or jumpy
- Paranoia, which is often indicated by being hyper-vigilant and alert
- Difficulty concentrating
- An inability to relax
- Being easily provoked; edgy and ready to fight
Changes in Behavior
Since anxiety results from a fear of danger, those suffering from chronic anxiety may refuse to participate in activities that others view as normal. For example, an individual may avoid crowds or refuse social interaction with those outside his or her core group of friends. Those who are anxious may also vocally express their worry and may pace or wring their hands while doing so.
Many of our anxiety patients often suffer from panic attacks, which occur whenever there is a sudden, overwhelming sense of panic. An individual who is suffering from a panic attack may experience hot flashes, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, uncontrollable shaking, and dizziness. Chest pains can also be present, leading people to believe they are actually having a heart attack. Unfortunately, the presence of chest pains often brings about more panic, leaving that person unable to recover without medical intervention.
Physical and Mental Symptoms of Anxiety
Many symptoms of anxiety are inward, meaning they are not easily detected by others. A person who is suffering from anxiety may exhibit one or more of the following attributes:
- Rapid breathing and heartbeat
- Profuse sweating
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Chest pains
- Hot or cold flashes
How North Coast Recovery Can Help
North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.
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