THE MAJOR TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS
GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, GAD, is an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.
Panic disorder, commonly referred to as panic attacks, is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat.
SOCIAL PHOBIA (OR SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER)
Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation - such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, or eating or drinking in front of others - or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime they are around other people.
Phobias are characterized by major anxiety when you’re exposed to a specific object or situation and an extreme desire to avoid it.
Sources: Leafly, HHS.gov
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SYMPTOMS OF AN ANXIETY DISORDER
• Feeling restless and irritable
• Difficulty concentrating
• Muscle pain, tightness or soreness
• Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
• Feeling exhausted even after a full night’s sleep
• Going out of your way to avoid situations that make you anxious
• Unwanted thoughts or worries that won’t go away
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