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Types Of Anxiety

There are five different types of anxiety disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [OCD]
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

This anxiety disorder has mental symptoms and physical symptoms as well. Chronic anxiety and worries plague people with this disorder even if there is little to no reasoning behind the worries. Some physical symptoms that oftentimes accompany this disorder include but are not limited to: extreme tiredness, headaches, trembling, irritability, excessive sweating, and muscle tension.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder [OCD] has two components: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted thoughts that pervade the mind and won't go away. Compulsions are the repetative actions that attempt to make the thoughts go away. These actions only provide a temporary relief and soon enough the obsessions come back. Some signs and symptoms of OCD include but are not limited to repetitive behaviors such as counting, hand washing, checking, and cleaning. These actions are done to relieve the unwanted thoughts such as doubt, causing the person to check things over and over.

Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder are plagued by intense fear that is accompanied by harsh physical symptoms. Such symptoms are heart palpitations, excessive sweating, tightness of the chest, feeling doomed, dizziness, and shortness of breath. During a panic attack these symptoms are very strong and may make a person feel as if he or she is going to lose control. Another symptom can be the numbness of hands or seeing spots/colors.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] is caused by a traumatic event that happened in one's life. Some traumatic events are assault, sexual abuse, natural disasters such as hurricanes or tsunamis, or even human-caused disasters such as the terrorism on September 11, 2001. People suffering from this disorder have flashbacks of the traumatic experience. Flashbacks are intrusive, involuntary memories that come back to one at any time. People with PTSD sometimes feel emotional numb and can be startled easily or have trouble sleeping.

Social Anxiety Disorder

There are to types of social anxiety disorder: specific phobias or social phobia. Specific phobias generally apply to one situation that causes anxiety. A couple examples are the fear of public speaking, or fear of eating in front of other people. Social phobia has a broad range and makes people fear any situation that involves them being around people. This phobia can interfere with everyday life situations. Some symptoms of these two types of the

Getting Help And Helping Yourself

1. Go see a doctor. There is a chance that the symptoms you are experiencing could be a different medical condition. Seeing a doctor can clarify whether or not you have an anxiety disorder.

2. Once the disorder has been diagnosed, seeing a psychologist can really help. Make sure you find one that you are comfortable with. There is no point in not talking with someone to help you cope and pay for it.

3. If you and your psychologist/psychiatrist decide that medication will be helpful make sure that you take it everyday as prescribed and do not stop taking it until your doctor says so. An abrupt stop in taking your medication can actually make your symptoms seem worse. Be completely honest with your psychiatrist as to how your medication makes you feel. Ask yourself: do you feel any different? are your worries lessened? Oftentimes the first medication you are on may not work and a change in medication until the right one is found can occur.

4. Medication alone won't magically "fix" you. Many different kinds of therapies can make a major difference in your anxiety. Talk therapy and support groups are especially effective for people with anxiety disorders. Listening to advice from professionals and other people going through the same thing as you can give you ideas of how to cope with your anxiety. Stress management is also a good idea because you can learn more coping techniques. It has also been shown that exercise helps calm people with anxiety disorders.

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