Too much stress and anxiety in your life and age you greatly. If you want to look and feel 10 years younger, you must control your stress and anxiety and not let it control you. There is a health amount of stress and anxiety we all should feel. It’s completely human to experience some pressure. It’s how we handle that pressure that determines whether that pressure makes us feel and look young.
If you have an anxiety disorder, worry or fear becomes long-term and may get worse instead of better as time goes on.
Doctors and older adults tend to view anxiety and fear as normal given the circumstances of aging. But developing an anxiety disorder late in life is not a normal part of aging. What Are Anxiety Disorders?
Studies estimate that anxiety disorders affect between 3 and 14 percent of older adults in a given year. More women than men experience anxiety disorders. They tend to be less common among older adults than younger adults.
Anxiety caused by stressful events like moving or losing a job is a normal part of life. But anxiety disorders are different. If your anxiety lasts a long time, it can get worse if it is not treated.
Anxiety disorders commonly occur at the same time as other illnesses. In older adults, anxiety disorders often occur at the same time as depression, heart disease, diabetes, and other medical problems.
In some cases, these other illnesses need to be treated before you can respond to treatment for the anxiety disorder. Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are several basic types of anxiety disorders. Although they share some characteristics, each is slightly different and may respond to different treatments. Here we discuss six different anxiety disorders: ** generalized anxiety disorder ** social phobia ** panic disorder ** post-traumatic stress disorder ** obsessive-compulsive disorder ** specific phobias. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
In generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), you may become very worried about things like health, money, and family
problems, even if everything is OK. You may be very anxious about just getting through the day. Social Phobia
In social phobia, you may fear being judged by others or of being embarrassed. This fear can get in the way of you doing everyday things such as going to work, running errands, or meeting with friends. People who have social phobia often know that they shouldn’t be so afraid, but they can’t control their fear. Panic Disorder
In panic disorder, you get a sudden, unexplained attack of terror, and often feels like your heart is pounding. During a panic attack, a person feels a sense of unreality, a fear of impending doom, or a fear of losing control. Panic attacks can occur at any time.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after undergoing a terrifying ordeal like an accident or an act of violence. A person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, or have a loved one who was harmed, or have witnessed a harmful event. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
When you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you feel the uncontrollable need to check things over and over, or you may have certain thoughts or perform certain routines over and over. The thoughts and rituals of OCD cause distress and get in the way of your daily life.
The repeated, upsetting thoughts of OCD are called obsessions. To try to control them, people with OCD repeat rituals or behaviors, which are called compulsions. People with OCD can’t control these thoughts and rituals. Specific Phobia
A specific phobia is an intense, extreme fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Some of the more common specific phobias involve closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, dogs, and the sight of blood.
Charles Linden has a great video on how to effectively handle anxiety, stress, and panic attacks. This method was featured a TV show called, the “Lorraine Kelly Show,” as well as, Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Birmingham Post.