Anxiety Based Disorders

Types of Anxiety Disorders   

(according to www.webmd.com

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

    • Generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD) is characterized by excessive, exaggeratedanxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder tend to always expect disaster and can't stop worrying about health, money, family, work, or school. In people with GAD, the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. 

 

  • Panic Disorder

    • Panic disorder is different from the normal fear and anxiety reactions to stressful events in our lives. Panic disorder is a serious condition that strikes without reason or warning. Symptoms of panic disorder include sudden attacks of fear and nervousness, as well as physical symptoms such as sweating and a racing heart. During a panic attack, the fear response is out of proportion for the situation, which often is not threatening.

 

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    • People with OCD are plagued by recurring and distressing thoughts, fears, or images (obsessions) they cannot control. The anxiety (nervousness) produced by these thoughts leads to an urgent need to perform certain rituals or routines (compulsions). The compulsive rituals are performed in an attempt to prevent the obsessive thoughts or make them go away.

 

  • Social Anxiety and Perfomance Anxiety

    • Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. Anxiety (intense nervousness) and self-consciousness arise from a fear of being closely watched, judged, and criticized by others.

 

  • Specific Phobias

    • Phobias are defined as intense fear and anxiety associated with particular events, situations and experiences, objects, animals, insects, people, etc.

Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders:

(According to www.helpguide.org

 

  • If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

  • Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge?

  • Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?

  • Are you plagued by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake?

  • Do you believe that something bad will happen if certain things aren’t done a certain way?

  • Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because they cause you anxiety?

  • Do you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic?

  • Do you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner?

Key Symptoms for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:

 

  • Recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are intrusive and inappropriate, cause anxiety or distress, and are not simply excessive worries about real-life issues.

  • Attempts to suppress or ignore the thoughts or get rid of them with other thoughts or actions.

  • A recognition that the obsessions are created in your own mind and don't make sense.

  • Repetitive behaviors, such as hand-washing, ordering, praying, or checking that you're driven to do in response to the obsession. The behaviors are aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing a dreaded event.