Types of Anxiety

What is Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety is an emotional feeling of fear and concern which also called angst or worry. All of us often experience a psychological and physiological state of feelings of anxiety at some level in our life when we face something uncertain challenge such as an examination, medical test or job interviews.

Normally, the anxiety is considered to be a reaction to a stressor, to some extent, the feeling of anxiety may help our body alarm system to deal with some demanding situation. But when it becomes severe and extreme,it would be a problem that make a serious impact on a person's ability such as sleep,general speaking or other function, in this situation, the anxiety may fall to the term of an Anxiety Disorder.

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What Are the Types of Anxiety Disorders?

There are many types of anxiety disorders,and the main types of anxiety defined as serious mental illnesses are Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD), Panic Disorder(PD), Obsessive-compulsive Disorder(OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD), social anxiety disorder and Specific Phobias.
  • What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • What is Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • What is Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder
  • What is Social Anxiety Disorder
  • What is Separation Anxiety

Types of Anxiety Disorders
1.Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)---GAD is a common chronic disorder characterized by long-lasting anxiety that is not focused on any one object or situation. people who suffering from generalized anxiety experience non-specific persistent fear and worry and become overly concerned with everyday matters. Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common anxiety disorder to affect older adults.
What is Generalized anxiety disorder?

2.Panic Disorder(PD)---People who suffers from panic disorder of intense terror and apprehension, often marked by trembling, shaking, confusion, dizziness, nausea, difficulty breathing. These panic attacks, defined by the APA as fear or discomfort that abruptly arises and peaks in less than ten minutes, can last for several hours and can be triggered by stress, fear, or even exercise; the specific cause is not always apparent.
What is Panic Disorder?

3.Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
---PTSD is an anxiety disorder which results in from a traumatic experience. Post-traumatic stress can result from an extreme situation, such as combat, natural disaster, rape, hostage situations, child abuse, bullying or even a serious accident. It can also result from long term (chronic) exposure to a severe stressor,for example soldiers who endure individual battles but cannot cope with continuous combat.
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

4.Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder---Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder primarily characterized by repetitive obsessions and compulsions. It affects roughly around 3% of the population worldwide.The OCD thought pattern may be likened to superstitions insofar as it involves a belief in a causative relationship where, in reality, one does not exist. Often the process is entirely illogical; for example, the compulsion of walking in a certain pattern may be employed to alleviate the obsession of impending harm. And in many cases, the compulsion is entirely inexplicable, simply an urge to complete a ritual triggered by nervousness.
What is Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder?

5.Social Anxiety Disorder---SAD; also called social phobia describes an intense fear and avoidance of negative public scrutiny, public embarrassment, humiliation, or social interaction. This fear can be specific to particular social situations such as public speaking or, more typically, is experienced in most social interactions. Social anxiety often manifests specific physical symptoms, including blushing, sweating, and difficulty speaking. Like with all phobic disorders, those suffering from social anxiety often will attempt to avoid the source of their anxiety; in the case of social anxiety this is particularly problematic, and in severe cases can lead to complete social isolation.
What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

6.Separation Anxiety---Separation anxiety disorder (SepAD) is the feeling of excessive and inappropriate levels of anxiety over being separated from a person or place. Separation anxiety is a normal part of development in babies or children, and it is only when this feeling is excessive or inappropriate that it can be considered a disorder. Separation anxiety disorder affects roughly 7% of adults and 4% of children, but the childhood cases tend to be more severe; in some instances, even a brief separation can produce panic.
What is Separation Anxiety?

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freee your mind said...

What are the differences between all the types of anxiety disorder?
like ive heard poeple on here talking about social, general and a few other types. i was recently diagnosed with panic disorder and ocd
who knows the types of anxiety disorders and what they effect and mean and all that kinda stuff im very interested.
thanks so very much

canada_winnipeg_man said...

When people casually tell you not to worry so much, they're unknowingly giving you a very smart health tip. It seems like common sense, but hard evidence of a link between anxiety disorders and physical health problems has only recently emerged. Anxiety disorders are associated with several physical conditions including respiratory disease, arthritis, allergic conditions, migraine headaches and thyroid disease.

People who suffer from anxiety disorders seem to develop health problems the longer the disorder persists. Indeed, it appears that untreated anxiety disorders are the primary reason physical problems start to appear. Minor physical symptoms like dizzy spells, nausea, shortness of breath and chest pains may be ignored by the person—or worse yet, they may seek comfort in some unhealthy form of anxiety coping like over drinking or smoking

There is growing evidence that stress may contribute to physical illness such as cardiovascular disease. Whatever the cause, physical diseases need appropriate medical management before any attempt is made at stress management. Almost everyone experiences some anxiety. This is normal. Anxiety disorders are different from everyday anxiety because they are more severe, can persist and may interfere with a person’s daily life. The good news is that anxiety disorders can be successfully treated.

Untreated anxiety disorders can lead to serious depression. Depressive illness is common. Depression is about twice as common in women as in men depression can develop at any age.
Depression is often associated with an increased incidence of suicide. The annual suicide rate for people with depression is 3–4 times higher than that of other psychiatric disorders.

I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic attack, and social anxiety disorder. My body is feeling so weak everyday, no energy at all, no concentration, and no motivation; sometimes it feels someone is squeezing my body, irregular heartbeat and occasional light-headedness. I feel like I am in a dream all the time, I suffer from unexplained mental and physical fatigue.

I am not a doctor, but you don’t have to give up. Continue to see your doctor regularly, do not stop! You sound very anxious. In conclusion I suggest encouraging yourself to be more open to your doctor.

Take care always.

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Anonymous said...

It is incredible that you wrote all this information, I am going through all that you have described. I see my therapist and psychiatrist. I hsve gotten medications but it is still happening. I have gained weight and I do not go out, if I do I get fstigued,dizzy,light headed, sweat perfusly, headaches and I feel like I am going to pass out. I really need some advice, please give me some secrets that can help me overcome these feelings.I alo cannot get on the bus,train,cab,plane,parties,gatherings,meetings,supermarket or even a store without getting an attack, I even lost my job due to this and when I go out with my boyfriend in the car after a short time I feel faint and want to go home fast.

I want to get better and be able to go out like before.

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