Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am feeling anxious all the time in my daily life. Do you think it could be an anxiety disorder? How do I recognize the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?
A: Typical symptoms of anxiety disorder include feelings of tension, irritability, worry, frustration, turmoil, and hopelessness, along with insomnia, restless sleep, grinding of teeth, jaw pain, an inability to sit still, and incapacity to cope. Physical sensations frequently arise as well, including a characteristic feeling of being unable to take a full, satisfying breath, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, a lump in the throat, tightness in the chest, and cramping in the bowels.
Anxiety can also give rise to panic attacks. These may be so severe that they are mistaken for heart attacks. The heart pounds and palpitates, the chest feels tight and painful, and the whole body tenses with unreasoning fear. Such attacks can be triggered by anxiety-provoking situations, but they may also come out of nowhere. When a person tends to suffer more from panic attacks than generalized anxiety, physicians call the illness panic disorder.
Additionally, you might like to try the Traditions of Tao herbal formulas “Calm-fort/Sleeping”, “Anxiety/Sleepless”, and the “Five Elements of Health” for your anxiety. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.