Anxiety disorders are a cluster of mental disorders characterized by significant and uncontrollable feelings of fear and anxiety, such that a person's social, occupational and personal function is significantly impaired. Anxiety can cause physical and cognitive symptoms, such as restlessness, irritability, easy fatigue, difficulty concentrating, increased heart rate, chest pain, abdominal pain and a variety of other symptoms that can vary from person to person.
In informal discourse, the words anxiety and fear are often used interchangeably. In clinical usage, they have different meanings: anxiety is defined as an unpleasant emotional state whose cause cannot be easily identified or is considered uncontrollable or inevitable, whereas fear is an emotional and physiological response to a recognized external threat. The umbrella term anxiety disorder refers to a number of specific disorders including fears (phobias) or anxiety symptoms.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, social phobia, separation anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder and selective mutism. The individual disorder can be diagnosed using the specific and unique symptoms, triggering events and timing. If a person is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a medical professional must have assessed the person to ensure that the anxiety cannot be attributed to another medical illness or mental disorder. It is possible for a person to have more than one anxiety disorder during their lifetime or at the same time. For people with anxiety, there are numerous treatments and strategies that can improve their mood, behavior and ability to function in daily life.
BeterKliniek is the clinic for Integrative Medicine that bridges regular and non-regular medicine.
An van Veen (physician) and Michael van Gils (therapist) look for the cause of a condition or disease. That is where the treatment starts otherwise, as people often say, it is 'carrying water to the sea'. We call this cause medicine. Sometimes it is also desirable to treat the symptoms (at the same time). We call this symptom medicine.
Chronic disorders often have their cause in epi- genetics. You can schedule a free informative telephone consultation (phone number 040-7117337 until 1 p.m.) at BeterKliniek to discuss your symptoms so that we can provide you with further advice.