Anxiety Disorders

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Are You Wondering If You Have An Anxiety Disorder?

There are different types of Anxiety Disorders, and the main ones include the following:

Panic Disorder

The primary symptom of panic disorder is the panic attack, in which a person might experience physical and psychological distress in the form of symptoms such as a pounding heart, or chest pain, sweating, trembling and/or shaking, a fear of losing control, “going crazy” or dying.


Phobias

A phobia is an excessive and persistent fear of a specific object, situation or activity. This can take different forms, such as

– Specific phobia – such as a fear of flying, or a fear of spiders

– Social phobia – for example, a fear of public speaking, meeting people, or using public restrooms

– Agoraphobia – this is a fear of being in situations in which it is feared that escape might be difficult or embarrassing. If severe, an individual may become afraid to leave their house.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessions are upsetting and irrational thoughts that don’t seem to stop, and cannot be controlled through reassurance or reasoning. To reduce these obsessions, a person might engage in repeated behaviors, or compulsions, such as repeated hand washing, or repeated checking to make sure a door is locked.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Acute Stress Disorder

PTSD occurs in people who have survived a severe or terrifying physical or emotional event, such as being in combat, or a rape. They may experience recurring nightmares, flashbacks, or even flashbacks, in which the event seems to be happening all over again..


Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with GAD have ongoing, severe tension that interferes with their daily functioning. They worry constantly and feel helpless to control their worries. They may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and/or have muscle tension.

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