Types of Anxiety Disorders
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Generalized Anxiety Disorder is persistent and excessive worry about multiple topics, events or aspects of life, such as money, health, family, work or relationships. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to find relief from their worry and have a level of worry that is disproportionate to the actual risk. They often expect the worst, worry more than necessary for a given set of circumstances, and experience trouble setting aside their worries. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, GAD is diagnosed in adults when a person finds it difficult to control worry on more days than not for at least six months and has three or more symptoms including:
- Edginess or restlessness
- Frequently tired; more fatigued than usual
- Impaired concentration or feeling as though the mind goes blank
- Irritability (which may or may not be observable to others)
- Increased muscle aches or soreness
- Difficulty sleeping (due to trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, restlessness at night, or unsatisfying sleep)
Generalized anxiety disorder may make it difficult to carry out day to day activities, and people may seek constant reassurance from others.
Panic disorder: Panic attacks or panic disorder is a sense of fear and helplessness that strikes suddenly and lasts several minutes. During a panic attack, individuals may experience a pounding or racing heartbeat, chest pain, stomach pain, weakness or dizziness, difficult breathing or a choking sensation.
Social anxiety disorder: Also called social phobia, people with social anxiety may experience blushing, sweating, trembling and difficulty talking in ordinary social situation. Social anxiety disorder causes overwhelming worry leading up to social situations, and self-consciousness that can make attending parties or other events extremely uncomfortable. A person with this disorder fixates on being judged by others, embarrassed or ridiculed.
Phobias: Phobias are intense or irrational fears related to a specific object or situation, such as heights, flying or leaving the house. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause the person to avoid ordinary situations.
Suffering from anxiety disorder can have a negative impact on all aspects of life, but it doesn’t have to. Bluff Plantation can help you or your loved one through anxiety disorder treatment so you can feel more relaxed, more comfortable in your own skin, and have the confidence to get out and enjoy life.