A very common feeling, many of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. Sadly, if not treated appropriately and effectively, anxiety can become a serious mental illness.
It goes without saying that the continual worry and fear that come with anxiety can be extremely debilitating. But are you also aware that there are several different categories of anxiety disorders?
Types of Anxiety Disorders (A Brief Overview)
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder means experiencing extreme nervousness and/or distress while with other people in a social setting.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is when a person—tortured with fear and/or concern—performs repeated actions or rituals to overcome their fear. It’s important to note that while these constant thoughts are what become obsessive and repetitive, the physical rituals are what lead to their compulsive behavior(s).
Panic Disorder causes immediate feelings of terror and/or fear that suddenly arise and repeatedly occur —usually without warning. Panic attacks bring on a variety of symptoms including chest pains, shortness of breath, sweaty palms, excessive sweating and feeling like you’re “losing your mind.”
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is suffered by those who’ve been through a highly-stressful situation or traumatic experience. This causes not only fear but the constant reliving of the trauma itself. When left untreated, PTSD affects state of mind, disturbs sleep patterns and can become debilitating.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a condition where someone experiences excessive tension, worry and fear—even when nothing tangible has occurred to set off these feelings.
If you (and/or or someone you care about) need help coping with anxiety, please reach out to Tracy Crain.