Anxiety is one of the biggest barriers to sleep. Simply put, anxiety is fear. Fear that becomes debilitating and requires medical treatment. 'Anxiety disorder' is an umbrella term that includes disorders of various shapes and sizes, each requiring its own treatment protocol. Currently the following are included 1) Specific phobias or Simple Phobias; 2) Agoraphobia or fear of social situations; Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia); Separation Anxiety disorder and Selective Mutism.
Want to know if you have an anxiety disorder?
Here are 5 Quick Questions you can ask yourself now.
1. Do you experience 3 or more of these symptoms regularly:
- sleep problems
- difficulty concentrating
- irritability and/or
- muscle tension
2. Does your fear interfere with your everyday life?
3. Do you experience panic attacks?
4. Do you have trouble being yourself around others?
5.Have you felt this way 6 months or longer?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then it's a good idea to see your doctor. There are some medical conditions that need to be ruled out (like hypertension and hyperthyroidism) before you are diagnosed with anxiety disorder.