Symptoms & Treatment Options
Without question, we all get stressed from time to time. One of the components of the human nervous system is the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the so-called “fight or flight” response. Everyone is susceptible to that jolt of adrenaline that hits during times of stress. And anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing – it often serves as a performance enhancer. But in individuals who suffer with anxiety disorders, the “fight or flight” “switch” becomes activated when it should not be, causing significant distress and functional impairment.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Patients with anxiety disorders frequently present with excessive worry, irrational fears, and overthinking. There are often physical symptoms of anxiety, such as muscle tension, fatigue, headache, or upset stomach. Children and adolescents are particularly prone to the physical symptoms of anxiety, as their bodies often “speak” for them. In very young children, anxiety often manifests in the form of hallucinations (hearing and seeing things that are not there).