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Anxiety in Young Adults: What You Need to Know

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Many mental health disorders can already be present by very young age, and anxiety disorders are the most commonly occurring psychological conditions in the United States. Some people recall always having a sense of fear and anxiety from an early age while others didn’t begin to experience symptoms until adolescence or early adulthood. What you might conflate as erratic behaviors or irritability may be a deeper reason that deserves treatment.

What Is an Anxiety Disorder?

It’s important to establish the difference between natural and disordered anxiety. Many people do not recognize the boundaries of each one, and it can prevent them from seeking help because they don’t think their symptoms are real enough to merit diagnosis. Anxiety is normal in response to a stressful event. For many of us, this can be going on a date, preparing for a college exam, or simply flying on a plane. Social triggers can also cause anxiety, whether it’s a fight with a friend or talking to romantic interest. But mental health disorders impact a person’s ability to function. 

You might have a disorder if your symptoms prevent you from socializing, trying new things or reaching personal goals. This can lead to low self-esteem and harmful beliefs about your ability to be accepted, loved and valued as a person. Without intervention, psychological disorders can lead to the development of unhealthy lifestyle patterns that prevent you from thriving. 

What Can Be Done?

You should strive to create the most loving, supportive environment as possible for yourself. If you find yourself turning to alcohol, smoking marijuana, or using other drugs, you should swiftly intervene to prevent any permanent damages to the brain and its receptors. Understanding you need treatment, and then accepting the help are necessary to overcoming your obstacles.

There are several potential treatment options, including talk therapy and medication. For someone with crippling social anxiety, prescription beta-blockers can help them overcome glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking. They can also help ease the physical symptoms that make anxiety so difficult to manage, like a racing heart or sweaty, shaking hands.

Warning Signs

If you suspect you might have an anxiety disorder, there are some red flags to watch out for. Keep in mind that some symptoms may intersect with other conditions. It’s also not uncommon for a person struggling with anxiety to develop depression as well. This is why getting a proper diagnosis from a licensed mental health professional is so important. Before you book an appointment, think about your symptoms and how your feeling.

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