Many people do not realize how much anxiety can impact their health. The wide variety of anxiety disorders, which include everything from Generalized Anxiety Disorders to Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and every phobia in between, don’t simply make everyday tasks more difficult, they actually can have a negative impact on a patients overall health.
This is apparent in the general health of a patient, but is perhaps nowhere near as obvious as it is with cardiac health. The symptoms of anxiety can often mask an underlying cardiac issue. The racing heart, increased blood pressure and difficulty breathing typically associated with an acute anxiety attack can also be a clear indication of severe cardiac problems. Understanding a patients overall health, in particular their anxiety disorder, is critical for proper care and diagnosis of possible underlying cardiac issues.
Other health issues exist as well. Patients who suffer from one of the many disorders in the anxiety spectrum often suffer from depression. If the two are not treated concurrently, the patient is not likely to experience complete relief. Depression can be treated with medication that can also be used to treat some forms of anxiety.
Many health care professionals also find a corresponding problem with nutrition and sleep habits in patients who suffer from anxiety. Their patients are encouraged to develop a nutritional program which will allow them to meet their nutritional needs. They are also encouraged to engage in sleeping habits which allow them to remain fully rested.
Any patient who is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder should also be seen by a traditional physician. Doing so will help rule out any underlying organic illnesses. Treatment of the total patient is required for any successful anxiety disorder treatment plan.