CAUSES – Life stresses, involving health problems, a family death, and family disagreements have been found to be associated with developing an anxiety disorder. Certain other life stresses put people at risk for developing anxiety as well. The most common anxiety disorders are specific phobias. Other anxiety disorders include panic disorder, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
TREATMENT – There are several treatments available for controlling anxiety, including several effective medications and specific forms of psychotherapy. In terms of medications buspirone (Buspar) is known to be quite effective for treating anxiety. Benzodiazepine medications like clonazepam (Klonopin) and lorazepam (Ativan) are more useful in stopping severe anxiety symptoms, like those that occur in panic disorder or in posttraumatic stress disorder rather than the ongoing worry that is usually associated with anxiety. Alprazolam (Xanax) is often used to treat panic attacks.
PREVENTION – By maintaining a regular exercise program, it can be key to minimizing and perhaps preventing anxiety. It is beneficial to educate parents on how anxiety fits into childhood development.