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Anxiety disorders are essentially an unnecessary activation of the body’s fight-or-flight reaction. A troubling event, phrase, situation, even a negative thought may be the trigger. Then comes the symptoms: racing thoughts, a profound sense of worry, a tightness in the chest, and perhaps an undefined feeling of impending peril. Anxiety isn’t bad in and of itself - we all experience some degree of anxiety. But when it turns into constant worry and panic, anxiety crosses the line into a disorder.

Anxiety disorder manifests in a number of subtypes like social anxiety, back to school anxiety, or OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Then there’s generalized anxiety disorder. Dr. Bregman has worked with all of them, helping patients overcome the uneasy feeling that arises when our thoughts get overbearing.

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety attacks are when your body overreacts and goes into a fight-or-flight response to a perceived danger. Regardless if the "danger" may be real or imagined.

The source of the anxiety may be external or internal. External triggers can be a person or place. While internal triggers can be a thought, memory, or feeling.

When this happens, the mind and body go into crisis mode. Your body releases hormones that prepare for physical or mental challenges. The result is often a sense of dread and palpitation.

Anxiety isn’t necessarily negative. It becomes a problem when you are in a constant state of stress. Anxiety becomes disorder when it starts to be overwhelming. Anxiety disorder can interfere with your life.

There is a wide variety of anxiety disorders. One of the more common anxiety disorders is social anxiety. It focuses on being extremely self-conscious. A person with social anxiety has an irrational fear of being judged in social situations. Anxiety disorder can be a specific phobia. This is where anxiety arises during a specific situation like public speaking.

As you can see anxiety can happen from almost anything we do in life. This is why it is so common to experience anxiety.

What Are Signs of Anxiety?

These are some signs of anxiety:

  • Increased heart rate

  • Having a hard time focusing

  • Not being able to get sleep

  • Avoiding certain situations

  • Over-thinking

  • Panicking

  • Constantly having to move around

What Are The Different Types of Anxiety Disorders?

Like other diseases and disorders, there are different types of anxiety. Here are some of the most popular anxiety disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is also known as GAD. GAD is when someone is in constant anxiety or worry. People with GAD may feel anxiety from a small task such as making it to an appointment on time.

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety is also known as social phobia. It is the fear of public embarrassment. They have an irrational fear of being judged, or criticized in a social setting. Having social anxiety can lead a person to talk less during a presentation. They are afraid to be judged by co-workers or classmates.

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder involves panic attacks without actually being in danger. Sweating, palpitation, chest pain or dizziness are common symptoms associated with Panic disorder.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation Anxiety Disorder mostly happens with younger kids. This is when they have the fear of being separated from their parents or guardian.  

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is also known as PTSD. A person with PTSD could be going through a traumatic event or situation. They may have a hard time recovering from it and often feel anxious. Especially when something like their traumatic event happens.

Why Does Anxiety Occur?

There are a wide variety of factors that play into someone’s anxiety. These are common factors that may cause anxiety:

  1. Experiencing a trauma event whether in their childhood or recently. Anxiety can happen early on and build up over time.

  2. Losing a close family member or a career.

  3. Going through a big change and period of uncertainty.

  4. Fear of scrutiny and judgement during social events.

  5. Feeling overwhelmed or stressed out with your current financial situation.  

These are a few of the many explanations why anxiety occurs. Understanding why your anxiety happens is key to overcoming it. From there you will be able to take the right steps.

Why It’s Important To Get Help With Anxiety?

Leaving your anxiety disorder untreated leads to other disorders. This includes depression which affects your mental health. Anxiety can disrupt one’s everyday life, which is why it’s really crucial to seek help.

An anxiety disorder can have a negative impact on your relationship with your family. It can affect your relationship with friends and colleagues too. It could deter your performance at school or work. So if you notice your anxiety is taking a negative toll on your life, then it’s best that you get the proper help.  

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How Can a Psychiatrist Help With My Anxiety?

Seeking help from a psychiatrist like Dr. Bregman can help you manage anxiety. He has the experience to help overcome anxiety with ease. They will guide you in a better direction. Treatment can be through medications or cognitive behavioral therapy.  

The medication can vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder a person has. Medications like Xanax or Valium can help people feel more calm and relaxed. This helps avoid feeling anxious or overwhelmed.  

Cognitive-behavioral therapy involves a talking between psychiatrist and patient. Both would discuss the disorder to gain a better understanding of anxiety triggers.

The psychiatrist's job is to create a strategic plan to help overcome anxiety. For example, a psychiatrist will help reshape negative thoughts in a way to cope with anxiety.  

Cognitive-Behavioral therapy tends to be the most effective in long-term anxiety treatment. Medication can help get rid of the anxiety in the short term. Although it's short-term, it boosts the patient's confidence enough to deal with anxiety.

What Daily Habit Changes To Help With Anxiety?

You should consider getting help from a professional psychiatrist. This and incorporating good habits into your daily life will help you cope with your anxiety.

Here are some changes you can make to your life to help with anxiety:


Exercise doesn't have to be intense. In fact, yoga or cycling works fine. Physical activity helps relieve stress and ease your anxiety.

Healthy Diet:

Having a balanced diet can help manage anxiety. Fruits and vegetables will help with your energy levels to be able to focus and improve your mood.

Reducing Alcohol Intake:

Relying on alcohol to help cope with anxiety is ineffective. This is because once the alcohol starts to wear off, you will start to feel anxiety again. In fact, alcohol can affect your mental health, making your anxiety worse.


Meditating for short periods such as 10, 15 or even 5 minutes a day can help ease your anxiety and stress. Meditation is great for clearing your mind of negative thoughts that cause stress.

Work With Our Experts

Dr. Arthur Bregman MD has been in the practice for over 40 years. He has helped thousands of children, adults, and families overcome their anxiety in the Coral Gables, Florida area. Living with an anxiety disorder can make it challenging to do the things you love. That is why Dr. Bregman and his medical team is here to help you overcome those challenges.  

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By BregmanMD | September 22, 2021 | Mental Health

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