We all are well acquainted with the term “Anxiety”. It is the pressure you experience before your exam, tingling in your stomach when you are excited, increased pulse when you are in tension, it is all that and more.
Anxiety is a force which helps you to stir up and perform. It keeps you on your toes and stimulates you to cope with life. But what if these symptoms grow on you so much that instead of stimulating you, they get in your way and make it impossible for you to even take a step??
What if you have been feeling perturbed and apprehensive for quite some time. You always find yourself extremely concerned about certain things and there is no possible prospect of getting better. If you seem to have no control over your emotions of being anxious than chances are that you are suffering from anxiety disorder.
How is anxiety typically diagnosed?
For the diagnosis of anxiety, the first step is to get physically evaluated by your family doctor. The purpose of this is that he will look at your overall health and figure out if there are any underlying problems. One of them could be the root cause of your anxiety.
Your doctor might suggest you a few blood tests to be sure if he suspects there is another disease. E.g., hypothyroidism or an infection. Then, you could get yourself treatment according to your diagnosis.
How to diagnose anxiety clinically?
- Psychological evaluation:
After you complete the physical evaluation and nothing turns out to be the cause of anxiety, your doctor will ask you about your family history. This means that if any other family members suffer from an anxiety disorder.
It will help him determine if you have a genetic tendency to have this mental issue. He will also ask you about your symptoms, their severity, how long you have been suffering, and how much those affect your quality of life.
Your doctor might ask you to complete a questionnaire to get all the necessary information.
This whole process is also known as a psychological evaluation.
- Medical history:
Another aspect to look for while evaluating a patient’s symptoms is to take his complete medical history. Everything should be included in it. If you are a patient, be very honest with your doctor. Tell him everything about yourself, whether you have excessive drinking habits or problems with substance abuse or if there are any sort of medications that you have been consuming to get rid of your anxiety.
Who can diagnose anxiety?
At first, you should see your family physician if you have been experiencing anxiety symptoms for more than a few weeks. He will evaluate your health to see if there is any problem that needs to be addressed.
However, if you are perfectly well physically but still have symptoms of severe anxiety, you need to visit a certified mental health practitioner with experience in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Symptoms of anxiety:
Some common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Panic and uneasiness
- Increased pulse and heart beat
- Feeling in danger
- Nausea, sweating, dry mouth and shaking hands
The most common anxiety disorders are
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
What are the criteria for an anxiety diagnosis?
Even the diagnostic criteria for anxiety is not a “one for all” tool. Basically, your diagnosis depends on what and how you explain your anxiety symptoms to be and the factors that are related to it.
Mental health professionals use the “diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders” (DSM) for the prognosis of all mental health diseases, including anxiety disorder.
According to DSM, the following are the symptoms you should look for if you have to diagnose anxiety.
- Excessive tension about many things most of the days in the last six months or even more.
- If patient cannot control his distress and is always in a state of panic.
- Multiple symptoms join in with being worried, such as fatigue, sleeplessness, brain fog, and muscle tension.
- All these symptoms join forces and start meddling with your quality of life.
- These symptoms are not the result of some other mental or physical illness; also, there are no medications or psychological issues being the trigger of these anxiety symptoms.
Some factors make you more likely to have anxiety disorder such as:
- Genetic history
- History of substance abuse
- Some chronic health conditions
- Negative thoughts and low self esteem
How to treat it?
If you are an anxiety patient, you must be looking for a permanent cure for it. There are some methods to help you go about your life by managing your symptoms, but there is no magical tunnel out of this.
Anxiety disorder should be treated well in time. Otherwise, the patient and his family will suffer a lot due to its unnecessary troubles. When it comes to ketamine treatment for anxiety, some patients opt for anti-anxiety medications prescribed by their psychiatrist, while others manage their symptoms with CBT, therapy, and relaxing exercise.
Another breakthrough in the treatment of anxiety is at home ketamine therapy. It works well for the patients of treatment resistant anxiety. Out of three anxiety patients, 1 is always resistant to other conventional methods of treatment. For such patients, ketamine infusion is the best option.
What makes it more efficient than other treatment methods is that while oral medications take more than a few weeks to dissolve the symptoms, ketamine therapy shows its results in little as two hours. Which is unbelievable. Also, it has almost no side effects and no dependency, and the relief period is also more extended than other drugs.
Anxiety is not a simple problem determined by a few specific characteristics. It is not a physical disease like some infection related to a germ; one simple lab test could evaluate it, and you could go for the treatment. It is way more complicated than that.
Ketamine infusion therapy helps you to get relief from several types of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and OCD. If you have symptoms of any mental health condition, you can call us at Nepenthe Wellness Center to get a free consultation at any time.
It will be an honor for us to treat you and help you get back to your life.
At Nepenthe Wellness Center, we facilitate our patients with quality treatment procedures and ensure their personal safety. Our staff is well experienced and have complete knowledge about every aspect of the process. We understand your requirements and will work with you to find to the best way possible.
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