Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is common. Everyone experiences feelings of nervousness when faced with important issues in their life. However, anxiety disorders are different since they don’t only cause mild discomfort, they disrupt your entire life.

Fear and worry become the norm, causing an overwhelming feeling of constant vigilance. Normal everyday events are now accompanied by trembling, nausea, and a numb feeling in the body.

Veterans who have PTSD are often subject to anxiety attacks and constant flashbacks to the traumatic event. Substance abuse and alcohol abuse often develop, causing even more mental scarring and ultimately leading to family problems, mental breakdown, and even suicidal thoughts.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a blanket term used to describe a variety of mental disorders such as panic disorders, social anxiety disorders, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. These disorders are often accompanied by a strong sense of fear that disrupts normal day to day life and ultimately affects your lifestyle and wellbeing.

Anxiety in veterans is caused by several factors such as combat exposure and traumatic events, which regularly happens alongside PTSD. It’s often related to problems caused by the brain in regulating fear and other emotions and could cause a change in the way that the brain controls memories which are linked with strong emotions.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety attacks are intense periods of worry and fear that occur in short time frames. They often include several of the following:

  • Overwhelming sense of fear
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • De-realization
  • Numb or tingling sensation in body
  • Chills

The term panic attacks tends to be used interchangeably alongside anxiety attacks. However, anxiety attacks are shorter and often go away once the stressor is removed while panic attacks are unpredictable in nature and could happen at any time.

Anxiety disorder takes place if the excessive and unrealistic sense of worry lasts for a period of 6 months. There are several symptoms that develop, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anger and irritability
  • Muscle Tension
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Change of personality

PTSD shares some symptoms with anxiety, however, it’s a separate mental condition which is used to describe a wider range of emotional reactions caused by trauma.

Anxiety Treatment For Veterans

Warriors Heart offers a variety of programs to treat PTSD and anxiety disorders from our veteran treatment center in San Antonio, Texas. Serving military members nationwide, we are all familiar with the sacrifices that these brave men and women have done for our country and have dedicated our services towards helping them win the battle against these conditions.

Don’t fear anxiety. Warriors Heart will help you. (844) 448-2567