Fear and anxiety are part of life. You may feel anxious before you take a test or walk down a dark street. This kind of anxiety is useful - it can make you more alert or careful. It usually ends soon after you are out of the situation that caused it. But for millions of people in the United States, the anxiety does not go away, and gets worse over time. They may have chest pains or nightmares. They may even be afraid to leave home. These people have anxiety disorders. Types include
Treatment can involve medicines, therapy or both.
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
Having fear and anxiety is part of life and it is usually due to a stressor, however when anxiety does not go away and it gets worse over time then it might be an anxiety disorder. There are different types of anxiety disorders that include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and generalized anxiety disorder. The latter, Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD is a mental disorder in which a person is anxious about many things and finds it difficult to control the anxiety. The cause of this condition is unknown, but genes and stress may play a role. The main symptom is frequent worry or tension for at least six months. There are no tests to diagnose this condition, but the diagnosis is based on a series of questions that are asked by a medical provider. If you are feeling constantly worried or anxious then it is best to contact a healthcare provider for more information and help. References 1. Anxiety. MedlinePlus. URL: https://medlineplus.gov/anxiety.html. Accessed June 4, 2018 2. Generalized Anxiety Disorder. MedlinePlus. URL: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000917.htm. Accessed June 4, 2018
Yes, anxiety can cause shortness of breath. A panic disorder is a specific type of anxiety disorder where shortness of breath can result. Individuals with panic disorder can experience sudden periods of intense fear that can lead to shortness of breath. References 1. Nimh.nih.gov. (2018). Anxiety Disorders. URL: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml Accessed May 22, 2018