TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS
People with social anxiety disorder, which is also known as social phobia, feel extremely anxious about situations and interactions involving other people. These individuals may experience intense stress and fear concerning particular social situations or all social interactions. Much more than just nervousness about large public events, social anxiety disorder can cause those afflicted to worry intensely about a social event long before its occurrence and to exhibit physical symptoms.
Panic Disorder –
Individuals with panic disorder experience sudden onsets of extreme anxiety, fear, and nervousness. These feelings cause panic attacks: temporary periods of crippling anxiety that cause debilitating mental and physical symptoms. People with panic disorder experience habitual panic attacks that occur without warning or reason, and constantly live in fear of the next panic attack.
A specific phobia is an irrational and consuming fear of a particular object or situation that in actuality presents little to no threat. People with phobias experience extreme emotional distress when they encounter their specific phobias, and go out of their way to avoid them. Some people experience troubles functioning in everyday life due to their specific phobias.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) –
People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience persistent feelings of nervousness and worry about everyday activities and events. These individuals constantly and excessively worry about their health, finances, family, and other issues. They always expect the worst to happen. Individuals struggling with generalized anxiety disorder are unable to break their never-ending cycle of constant worry and stress.
Millions of Americans are affected by anxiety disorders. Four million people are diagnosed with the most common type, generalized anxiety disorder, in the United States each year. Since anxiety disorders often become more severe over time, it’s important to seek treatment in order to manage and overcome them.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders vary depending on the specific type. Common symptoms of anxiety disorders include the following:
If anxiety is hindering your ability to reach your full potential, you may benefit from anxiety disorder treatment. With the help of a mental health professional, you can identify the stressors that cause anxiety in your life and build skills that will help you to manage those stressors.