Feeling anxious from time to time is a normal part of life, but sometimes anxiety can become overwhelming. It can come for no reason, or for unreasonable reasons, and feelings of panic, fear, and worry become overwhelming. This is what happens in anxiety disorders. There are a number of different anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), social phobias, specific phobias, and panic disorders. Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:

  • Nervousness
  • Feeling powerless
  • Feeling fearful
  • A sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Agitation
  • Rapid (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Tensing
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present and persistent worry

Anxiety can be a direct result of abusing drugs, taking medications, being exposed to a toxic substance or withdrawal from drugs. It can also be its’ own separate, underlying issue. Anxiety can also lead to, or worsen, other mental and physical health conditions, such as addiction and alcoholism, depression (which often occurs with anxiety disorder) , insomnia, digestive problems, headaches, and even suicide. Anxiety also often leads to a sufferer leading a poor quality of life and isolation. Fortunately, anxiety can be treated. At Summit Malibu our team helps clients get the tools they need to move beyond their anxiety. Our supportive, and comforting environment promotes healing and growing towards a fulfilling future.