Anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental disorders. More than 30 million Americans suffer from different types of anxiety disorder, adults and children included. Feeling stress and anxiety is a common reaction to any challenging situation. But when this anxiety and worry starts to affect your daily life, then you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
A lot of people disregard this disorder as normal fear and go without treatment, which makes the matters worse. It is best to learn as much as possible about this ailment so that you may treat it as easily and quickly as possible.
Understanding Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorder can be quite distressing. It may affect your job, education, relationships etc. In simple words, anxiety disorder can be described as excessive worrying, fear, uneasiness and irritation about certain situations and events.
The difference between your normal anxiety and anxiety disorder is that intensity and frequency of fear and worrying in anxiety disorder is quite high and persistent. If you feel that your nervousness and worry is affecting different aspects of life, chances are you are suffering from anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
The symptoms of anxiety disorders may vary from person to person or on its various types. Some of the basic symptoms are:
- Constant tension and worry
- Lack of concentration
- Expecting the worst and looking for danger signs
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive sweating
- Headaches/ dizziness
Types Of Anxiety Disorders
Some of the basic types of anxiety disorders are:
- Panic Disorder: The main symptoms of panic disorder are palpitations, chest pains, trembling, sensation of choking, dizziness, chills, numbness etc. Panic attacks are usually confused with heart attacks as their symptoms are quite similar. The cause of this disorder is an extreme fear of thing or an event etc.
- Phobia: It is exaggerated and persistent fear of specific activity, object, event etc. People go to great lengths to avoid the object of their fears. Phobias usually exist of things like animals (snakes, spiders etc), height, flying, elevators etc.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder: If you generally feel anxious for no reason and worry that something bad may happen, then you may be suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This type of disorder usually results in tiredness, insomnia, headaches and upset stomach.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: This consists of obsessive and unwanted thoughts. Your behavior may become uncontrollable and you feel to do certain compulsions such excessive hand washing, checking locks again and again etc.
- Social Anxiety Disorder: This occurs in social situations like discomfort in performing in front of an audience, fear of embarrassment or being looked down.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: It is an extreme anxiety disorder and occurs when someone experiences something traumatic or life-changing. The symptoms include that of panic disorders along with flashbacks, nightmares, avoiding similar situations that remind you of the trauma.
Treating An Anxiety Disorder
The sooner you get the treatment for an anxiety disorder, the better. Best way to treat anxiety disorders is by relaxing, meditating and having a positive attitude about things.
Secondly, you should consult a doctor and get proper medication. Or opt for counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or sessions of different therapies with mental health professionals.