Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. To feel anxious from time to time is expected, especially if you life is stressful. Despite occasional anxiety, some individuals experience severe, ongoing anxiety that interferes with daily activities, a telltale sign of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness and for people with anxiety disorder, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming and can be crippling.

There are several recognized types of anxiety disorder:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: GAD is the most common type of anxiety. GAD is an ongoing state of mental and physical tension, nervousness. Constant restlessness, edginess, fatigue troubling concentrating and obsessing over negative thoughts are common characteristic of GAD. Even though anxiety is a normal part of our lives, but when anxiety appears to occur for no reason you may have GAD.
  • Social Phobia: Much like minimal anxiety, social phobia is normal. Small degrees of shyness in public places or discomfort in public speaking does not imply an anxiety problem. But when the fear disrupts your life, it becomes a problem. People with social phobia view public situations as distressing, and live in constant fear of being judged or avoided.
  • Panic Disorder: Panic disorder is not just panicking or fearing you might get hit by a car or mauled by a bear. Panic Disorder is when you experience severe feelings of doom that cause mental and physical symptoms that can result in hospitalization. One of the main symptoms of Panic Disorder are panic attacks. Panic attacks can be triggered by over-sensitivity to body sensations by stress or by nothing at all. They are often triggered without warning and are hard to control.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD is an anxiety disorder that comes after a traumatic event has occurred. Reliving the Trauma is a symptom where those with PTSD often relive the trauma not only emotionally but mentally and physically. Responding to triggers is when those with PTSD have triggers related to the traumatic event that bring thoughts or feeling associated with the event.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Those with OCD often exhibit behaviors and fears that are not only confusing to those around you but may be to the sufferer themselves. Obsessions are thought based. A specific or usually negative thought clouds the mind and simply cannot shake it away no matter how hard they try. Compulsions are the behavior based symptoms. They’re a need to perform an action or activity, often in very specific ways and no matter how hard the person tries they cannot stop.
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  1. Interesting…needs citations/links!!
    Your voice?? No media?
    some new information on the topic or reflective; informational post: attempts to synthesize information and form new meaning; well organized

    not cited!


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