Types of Anxiety Disorders
December 15, 2006 5:22am CST
There are several different anxiety disorders, each with their own symptoms and treatments. One of these anxiety disorders is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). People who are suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder will be experiencing a continued type of tension that prevents them from leading a normal life. They will be worried about the smallest things, even when there is no reason for worrying at all. They will find themselves worrying about family, money, work, or their own health. People who suffer from GAD will find it impossible to relax and will find that they are often tired and irritable. People with GAD often suffer from other types of mental health problems, such as depression, and will often be substance abusers. Another anxiety disorder present on the spectrum is panic disorder. People suffering from panic disorder will experience panic attacks, where they develop an overwhelming and unrealistic fear that they are in some type of danger. As a result of the panic attack these people may develop phobias specific to certain conditions, a social phobia or even agoraphobia. These phobias are unnatural, uncontrollable, and overpowering. People with the phobias will go to great extremes to avoid the situation or object. Things that can cause a social phobic attack can be as simple as meeting someone new. Most of us are afraid of public speaking, but the socially phobic person takes that fear to the extreme. Feeling like you they can't escape a certain situation or that they may be embarrassed defines agoraphobic people. There are extreme cases when they won't leave their homes, seeing the whole world as unsafe. In cases of specific phobias, a person may have an unnatural and exaggerated fear of snakes or even dogs. Many who suffer from these anxiety disorders even know that they have unfounded fears, but they still can't escape the attacks. The fear is just to overwhelming. Another type of anxiety disorder is an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). With this type of anxiety disorder a person will have frequent thoughts that are irrational but that will cause great anxiety anyway. These obsessions include worrying that they forgot to turn off the stove or an unnatural obsession with cleanliness and germs. Most times people with this type of anxiety disorder are aware of their compulsion but are unable to control their irrational behavior without the help of medication under the care of a doctor. People suffering from OCD will often develop rituals that they carry out in a compulsive manner. Many times these compulsive rituals will take the person over an hour or two to complete each day creating a great deal of upheaval in their life. Although all of these anxieties are most distressful, there are treatments available. If you or anyone you care about exhibits any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to seek help. There are trained doctors, psychologists and therapists who can offer assistance in getting the patient back to a more normal and less stressful life. let me know this articel is howmuch useful to u thank u
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15 Dec 06
I to have a panic disorder so much so that my panic attacks often turn into seziures. I would love to get medical attention but I have no insurance and cant work because of my illness. I get so frustrated and really feel like my options are limited seeing as how i cant really leave my house so how do i get medical attention? Thanks for the article it is always nice reading things like this to let me know i am not alone.