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Avi Medical helps you with anxiety

Up to 29 percent of the population worldwide suffer from anxiety at least once in their lives an anxiety disorder. A psychological anomaly that often becomes chronic without treatment. The risk of developing this clinical picture is increased if one "">Your family members have already been or are affected. 

However, with comprehensive therapy an anxiety disorder can be overcome easily treatable. Our experienced doctors at Avi Medical are here to help you at all our locations.

What is an anxiety disorder?

An anxiety disorder is a mental disorder, which can be divided into three subtypes. These are:

  • the phobic disorder. Those affected are afraid of certain objects or situations (e.g. fear of heights, arachnophobia, social phobia)
  • panic disorder. Those affected suffer sudden, short but violent panic episodes without any recognizable specific triggers
  • generalized anxiety disorder. This category is characterized by a constantly present concern about everyday things, often in connection with fears about the future

When does it become one Anxiety disorder?

The ICD-10 lists numerous criteria for the diagnosis of an anxiety disorder. For example, in the case of a phobic disorder there must be specific physical irritation symptoms. A generalized anxiety disorder, on the other hand, must last for at least six months.

For immediate exclusion of the diagnosis of anxiety disorder but generally leads to the occurrenceof the following components:  

  • physical causes. These include certain lung diseases (Asthma, COPD, pulmonary embolism) or heart diseases (arrhythmias), which are accompanied by severe breathing difficulties and associated temporary states of anxiety 
  • neurological diseases such as Parkinson or epilepsy
  • Electrolyte disorders (lack of minerals or sugar in the blood)  
  • occurring side effects of medications (such as preparations against heart failure or Depression) or exposure to toxic substances such as drugs and alcohol
  • main psychiatric illnesses in which anxiety is one of the accompanying symptoms (e.g. depression, psychoses, obsessive-compulsive disorder)

What are the triggers of an anxiety disorder?

The development of an anxiety disorder requires the interaction of three factors. These are: 

  • genetic theses such as a congenital neurotransmitter receptor deficiency
  • neurobiological theses such as an overactive amygdala (the "fear center “ of the brain)
  • learning theory theses, such as conditioning. Over the course of their lives, those affected learn to react to a neutral stimulus with a physical response. An example is the sight of a harmless spider, which provokes a strong fear reaction.

What are possible symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

The side effects of an anxiety disorder are often diffuse and often occur simultaneously. The typical symptoms include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fear of death
  • Sweating, hot flashes or feeling cold
  • Trembling, tingling or numbness of the skin 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and diarrhea 
  • Dizziness 
  • Concentration and Sleep disorders
  • Muscle tension
  • Nervousness
  • show particularly in the case of social phobia There is also: facial redness, urge to urinate and vomiting, which anxiety patients themselves inadvertently cause like a nocebo 

The treatment an anxiety disorder at Avi Medical

The treatment of an anxiety disorder at Avi Medical includes a comprehensive anamnesis in the first step. Together with our doctors, the Exclusion of other underlying diseases with the help of medical examinations (laboratory checks, ECG for palpitations, checking lung function for shortness of breath). 

With the help of a special questionnaire the further procedure is then determined. The common measures include:

  • psychiatric or psychological therapy (behavioral therapy, psychodynamic procedures, self-help groups . These are combined with sports therapy or relaxation procedures)
  • the prescription of medication (such as antidepressants with anti-anxiety components but without fatigue-inducing properties)