Anxiety is a common disorder that occurs in people of all age groups due to many factors from daily routine stress factors to phobia and fears.
Some people live with their anxiety disorder for their entire life without treating it because they are not aware of the symptoms or of the fact that they are experiencing a treatable disorder.
Here are the most common anxiety disorders found today and how to deal with them.
The Cause of Anxiety Disorders
Statistics show that approximately 40 million people suffer from anxiety disorders in America and the common causes are: genetic, sudden grief or major life changes, medical condition that involves your brain chemistry, phobias and fears. Almost all anxiety disorders are treatable if you know to recognize the symptoms and seek for help from your doctor as soon as possible.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Those who suffer from this anxiety disorder will experience extreme feeling of panic and fear for made up situations such as, the fear of dying or someone else dying in the family, the fear of not being able to deal with a situation and so on. Common symptoms include the feeling that your heart is pounding or you are having a heart attack, sweating, upset stomach, insomnia and difficulty in breathing.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder usually occurs in adults and it involves unrealistic obsessive worrying about common issues such as, health, finances, job, marital issues or family problems. These obsessions usually don’t last long but will cause the following symptoms: insomnia, trembling, fatigue, loss or appetite or increased appetite, muscular aches, upset stomach and irritability.
This type of anxiety disorder occurs in all age groups and it manifests by obsessing over an existing issue. For example, if you like cleanliness, when experiencing Obsessive Cumpulsive Disorder you will not be able to rest or do anything else until the house or any other place is thoroughly cleaned and even then you will keep worrying in your mind if it is clean enough. This anxiety disorder can be recognized through the following symptoms: routine rituals in cleaning or performing a particular task until it is perfectly done or hoarding things that you don’t anymore in an obsessive way.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a condition characterized by intense fear, helplessness, guilt or sometimes an afraid feeling (very common among children). Normally, PTSD is said to be from an exposure to extreme trauma or events like physical abuse, rape, an airplane or car crash, war or the like.
This anxiety disorder is characterized by the fear of being rejected by others and thus, becoming over conscious about your persona in public. The symptoms include intensive sweating of the palms, blushing, stammering when in the presence of others and heart palpitations.
Separation anxiety is a not so common yet a very serious anxiety disorder that affects children and young adolescents as a result from separation or impending separation from the child’s attachment to his close family member, caretaker or the like. Normally, this affects an individual over a period of at least 4 weeks.
This type of anxiety disorder manifests itself in obsessing over a particular fear to the point where you will freeze when put face to face with it. For example, if you are scared of spiders or heights, if put in front of a spider or taken on a ride in elevator with glass sides, you could freeze or act in an irrational way.
Derealization is a change in an individual’s experience of the environment, where the world around him/her feels or seems unfamiliar and unreal while depersonalization is a change in a person’s self-awareness such as feeling of detachment from his own experience, with the self, the body and mind.
Can Anxiety Disorders Be Treated?
All anxiety disorders can be treated successfully and therefore all you have to do is recognize the type you or any other member in your family may be suffering from and consult a doctor as soon as possible in order to start the right treatment for you and relief get relief. Educate yourself and ensure you pay attention to any types of symptoms that are out of the ordinary and especially if they occur on a daily basis.
Living with any type of anxiety will not allow you to enjoy your life and perform your daily activities as usual. In the long run it will affect your relationships and job. Take action today and start the right treatment in order to get your life back on track.