There are several different anxiety disorders, each with their own symptoms and treatments. One of these anxiety disorders is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). People who are suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder will be experiencing a continued type of tension that prevents them from leading a normal life. They will be worried about the smallest things, even when there is no reason for worrying at all. They will find themselves worrying about family, money, work, or their own health.
People who suffer from GAD will find it impossible to relax and will find that they are often tired and irritable. People with GAD often suffer from other types of mental health problems, such as depression, and will often be substance abusers.
Another anxiety disorder present on the spectrum is panic disorder. People suffering from panic disorder will experience panic attacks, where they develop an overwhelming and unrealistic fear that they are in some type of danger. As a result of the panic attack these people may develop phobias specific to certain conditions, a social phobia or even agoraphobia. These phobias are unnatural, uncontrollable, and overpowering. People with the phobias will go to great extremes to avoid the situation or object.
Things that can cause a social phobic attack can be as simple as meeting someone new. Most of us are afraid of public speaking, but the socially phobic person takes that fear to the extreme. Feeling like you they can't escape a certain situation or that they may be embarrassed defines agoraphobic people. There are extreme cases when they won't leave their homes, seeing the whole world as unsafe. In cases of specific phobias, a person may have an unnatural and exaggerated fear of snakes or even dogs. Many who suffer from these anxiety disorders even know that they have unfounded fears, but they still can't escape the attacks. The fear is just to overwhelming.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is another type of anxiety disorder. This type of anxiety disorder a causes the individual to have frequent but irrational worries. Their obsessions may be focused on routine tasks such as turning off the stove, or a habitual concern with cleanliness and germs. Often the people with OCD are aware of their compulsive behavior but are unable to control their irrational behavior. Medication prescribed by a physician can help the person with OCD control their obsessions.
OCD sufferers sometimes establish certain rituals that turn into compulsive behavior. These rituals can take hours to complete causing distractions in their lives and those around them.
Anxiety of any type causes great distress. However, effective treatments and management are available, so if you, or your loved ones, are suffering, don't be afraid to seek professional help from a doctor, psychologist or other professional therapist.
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Helen Peters is the chief editor for Free Anxiety, the #1 source on the internet for information about Anxiety, For more articles on Anxiety visit: www.freeanxiety.com/articles
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