Conditions and diseases
Symptoms and causes
Some of the physical symptoms that you can often recognise in an anxiety disorder include:
- increased heart beat
- shortness of breath, dry mouth
- tense muscles, shaking
- dilated pupils
An anxiety disorder can have several possible causes:
- Physical cause, e.g. Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease or multiple sclerosis, hormonal disorders (thyroid disease or vitamin B12 deficiency), heart disease, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Abuse of or withdrawal from alcohol or drugs as well as benzodiazepines and antidepressants
- Environmental factors and life events also play a role
Diagnosis and treatment
Various treatments are possible, for example: proper education about the disorder, cognitive behavioural therapy or exposure therapy, relaxation exercises, etcetera...
Treatment centres and specialisations
Latest publication date: 21/01/2021
Supervising author: Dr Raemdonck Jan