What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a mood disorder which can occur without any real stimuli or triggers. Anyone can experience anxiety but it becomes a medical issue when it’s a continuous experience. Chronic anxiety can inhibit someone’s normal, everyday life.
There is a long list of anxiety disorders that includes, but is not limited to, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Each anxiety disorder has unique origins and must be treated differently. But with the proper medical and psychological treatment, anxiety can be managed and controlled.
Anxiety Disorder Types
Panic – The individual experiences sudden and repeated feelings of terror that something may go wrong or his or her life is in danger.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder- The individual experiences consistent thoughts of fear related to performing specific routines and rituals continuously. He or she becomes obsessive over these rituals and routines.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- This disorder usually follows a traumatic or life-changing event. The individual experiences occurring thoughts and memories related to the aforementioned experience.
Social Anxiety Disorder- The individual experiences overwhelming and unexplainable worrying, and is self-conscious about everyday social activities. Often the individual feels he or she is constantly being judged. Embarrassment and mockery are primary fears for the individual.
Phobias- The individual experiences intense fear of one specific thing, situation, or location. Examples include spiders, water, or heights.
Symptoms of Someone That Needs Anxiety Treatment Include:
- Sleeping problems
- Feelings of panic
- Uncontrollable and obsessive thoughts
- Feelings of fear
- Dry mouth
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Muscle tension
- Feelings of uneasiness
- Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing
- Shortness of breath
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