Anxiety was originated in 1520's from the Latin word anxietatem (anxieties) meaning anguish, anxiety and solicitude; is when a person is an unpleasant state of mind and is feeling fear, worry and uneasiness. It’s a normal human emotion, which everyone can say they had experience at times, and they will go through great lengths to avoid it. Anxiety can be related to anything that can be triggered by stress, and also can interfere with a person ability to function with their daily life.

While most of us will be familiar with the occasional anxiety, there are a great number of people that have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder. The symptoms of anxiety are often triggered by an event that the individual sees as undesirable, and the symptoms can last for various amounts of time. These conditions have multiple treatment approaches, including psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy and most often the afflicted individual will be able to live a normal life.

Causes of Anxiety:
  • Environmental and external factors:
    • Medical
      • Stress from medical illness
      • Side effects from prescription medication
    • Abuse
      • Alcohol
      • Drugs
    • Lack of sleep
      • anxiety causes an inability to sleep or relax
    • Trauma
      • death of a loved one
      • natural disasters
    • Genetic
      • inherited from a parent

Types of Anxiety
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD)
  • Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Specific Phobia
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Substance Induced Anxiety Disorder

Common Symptoms
  • Tense or aching muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Trembling
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Numbness or a "pins-and-needles" sensation
  • Perspiration
  • Body enters "fight or flight" mode
  • adrenaline rush
  • increased heart rate, often "pounding"
  • Lightheaded sensation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • restlessness
  • apprehension/fear

  • Lifestyle changes
    • stress and relaxation exercises
    • yoga
    • physical exercise
  • Therapy
    • cognitive behavioral therapy
      • exposure therapy
  • Medications
    • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
    • Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
    • Benzodiazepines
      • xanax
    • Tricyclic Antidepressants
      • may be useful for PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Avoid caffeine

With more patients suffering from anxiety, here are some devices that can help detect and maintain it. New devices such as:
Neutrima - a wrist worn sensor, that collects data about your body temperature ans stress levels. The data that collect is translated into algorithms.
Electromyograph- Is a device that you put on your finger or thumb. The process of it is to check your skin temperature.
Feedback Thermomter- It can be attached to your finger or thumb, that senses your body skin temperature. From there it measures the expansion and contraction of your blood vessels. The expansion triggers the signal to the device, when your body is warming up, contraction cools it. It prevents you from sweating and having an anxiety attack.
Worry Watch Tracks- Helps track down your anxiety

Related Terminology
  • Apprehension
  • Hypochondria
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • substance abuse
  • eating disorders


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