Short-term anxiety usually increases an individual’s breathing and can cause a feeling of hyperventilation. Heart rate also increases as the blood flows to the brain, where it is needed during the anxiety attack. More intense anxiety attack symptoms may include lightheadedness and nausea. The ongoing state of anxiety can have a devastating effect on your physical and mental health.

Short-term anxiety disorders often resolve themselves with the removal of a stressor. A few anxiety disorders that are typically short-term include:

  • Acute stress disorder –immediately following a trauma
  • Substance-induced anxiety disorder – induced by substance use or abuse, as well as withdrawal
  • Adjustment disorder with anxious features –a major life-changing event – like getting married or moving to another city.

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