Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a debilitating feeling that can hold you in fear, keep you from living life at your best and, in the worst case, start a downward spiral into depression. Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses that involve feelings of anxiety and worrying too much. Here you will read facts about what these disorders are.

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Types of Anxiety Disorders

The different types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder (PD)
  • Social Phobia (SP)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There are also other anxiety disorders that are not as well known but still very serious and can be treated just like the above conditions. These include Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia and Acute Stress Disorder.

Signs and Symptoms of anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are not the same as fear. Fear is an emotion that everyone feels and it can be a healthy response when in danger or facing a threat. Anxiety is an overreaction to threats, but it’s not always clear what these threats are like for someone with anxiety disorders.

Anxiety can have many symptoms and these vary from person to person, so you may not notice all of them in yourself or others:

  • Excessive worry about everyday things
  • Feeling tense or on edge
  • Becoming easily tired
  • Having difficulty concentrating on tasks
  • Having trouble sleeping (either too much sleep or too little) * Itching, sweating, nausea, dizziness

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable.

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable. There are several ways to manage symptoms of anxiety, including therapy, medication and lifestyle changes. You can also learn practical strategies for managing your anxiety through self-help techniques such as deep breathing and relaxation exercises.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treating this disorder —the best treatment depends on you and your particular symptoms. It may take time to find the right treatment for you; don’t give up if therapy doesn’t seem to work immediately!

If someone you love is suffering from anxieties, we can help provide a better quality of life. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today! Contact us to schedule an appointment with our professionals.