Anxiety Disorders

anxiety disorders Anxiety disorders and what you can do to regain control.

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Anxiety is a normal reaction that helps us to deal with threats and danger. However, when anxiety becomes excessive and irrational, and your worries become ongoing and excessive, which interfere with your daily life, then this may indicate an anxiety-based disorder.

About 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders each year. This makes these disorders the most common emotional disorder. While anxiety may be the result of stress, such as a first date or speech anxiety, an anxiety-based disorder can be debilitating for the sufferer, impacting on their life and happiness.

If left untreated these disorders can force people to avoid certain situations, increase the incidence of depression and lead people into alcohol abuse to seek relief from their symptoms of anxiety. People who suffer from anxiety also can also suffer from poorer relationships have reduced work or school performance and an overall decrease in happiness.

Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders

There are may different types of anxiety-based disorders that range from panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress and generalized anxiety disorder.

Typically many of the symptoms of these disorders include:

  • overwhelming feelings of fear and panic,
  • catastrophic or uncontrollable thoughts,
  • physical symptoms such as a racing heart, rapid breathing or muscle tension.

Types of disorders

There types of disorders include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, post traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety.

Panic disorder

Panic disorder is characterized by unexpected panic attacks. Some symptoms of these anxiety attacks include a pounding heart, sweatiness and feeling impending danger or doom. Typically, the fear of the unexplained physical symptoms can also be a symptom of panic disorder. Read More

Obsessive compulsive disorder

People with obsessive compulsive disorder have persistent and obtrusive thoughts (obsessions) and to they use rituals (compulsions) to control these anxiety-provoking thoughts. If you have OCD then you may be continually worried that you have not locked the door or that you have germs on your hands. You may, compulsively check that you have locked your door or washed your hands to relieve yourself of these anxiety-provoking thoughts. These obsessions and rituals can end up having an impact on the overall quality of their life. Read More


If you have a persistent fear to a particular object or situation, and you think that this fear is excessive then you have a phobia. Common phobias include a fear of heights, a fear of enclosed places and a fear or spiders. Read More

Generalized anxiety disorder

Normal worrying is different to worrying for a person with generalized anxiety disorder. Those with GAD typically have been excessively worried for more days than not over 6 months, have trouble controlling this worry and exhibit symptoms that include tiredness, irritability, difficulty sleeping and difficulty concentrating. Read More

Post traumatic stress disorder

Post traumatic stress disorder is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. If you have experienced a trauma then you could be re-experiencing this trauma through PTSD. PTSD can occur following a horrifying ordeal which has occurred and you felt intense fear, helplessness or horror. Symptoms may involve flashbacks, avoidance of close emotional contact, and feelings of being constantly threatened. Read More

Social anxiety (social phobia)

Many people, at one time or another, are shy or feel anxious before a performance. However, individuals who suffer from social phobia have an intense anxiety of being judged by others, and that their anxiety response will cause embarrassment. When this anxiety impairs daily functioning it can be classed as a social phobia. Read More

This site is for informational purposes only and in no way replaces treatment. Please see a local doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist to seek advice.

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