What types of anxiety disorders are there? First, let us quickly look at what anxiety is.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can even be beneficial in certain situations.
This nervous feeling of anxiety can alert us to dangers and help us pay closer attention and prepare us.
Anxiety is the anticipation of a future worry or concern and often is associated with muscle tension and avoidance behavior.
Anxiety disorders are different from normal nervousness and anxiousness and often involve excessive fear and affect nearly thirty percent of adults at some point in their lives.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder, but luckily it can be treated. My favorite treatment, and most doctors would agree, is CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Types Of Anxiety Disorders
To learn more, click the link below. There are several types of anxiety disorders which include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder– involves excessive and persistent worrying, which interferes with your daily activities. Physical symptoms may be fatigue, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, muscle tension, and insomnia.
- Panic Disorder – You feel intense fear with physical and psychological distress. You may have chest pain, break out into a sweat, have palpitations, and sometimes feel like you are choking or having a heart attack.
- Social Anxiety Disorder – also called social phobia, causes you to feel self-conscious about everyday social situations. You worry about being judge by others, ridicules, or embarrassed. Similarly, you may also be afraid of crowds, which is called Enochlophobia.
- Agoraphobia – is when you have an intense fear of being in a place you can not escape or feel embarrassed. You may feel anxious in public places such as public transportation, enclosed areas, in a crowd, or outside your home alone.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – is when you go through a traumatic experience and can’t process or heal from the trauma. You may relive the traumatic episode or avoid situations that remind you of the trauma.
- Phobias, Specific Phobia – is a persistent fear of a situation, activity, or specific object. An example is fear of heights or flying.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – is a feeling that you must complete specific daily rituals or risk harming yourself. Someone with OCD may feel they need to wash their hands for five minutes to prevent getting sick.
- Separation Anxiety Disorder – not only kids feel scared or anxious when left alone, but anyone can get separation anxiety. You will feel fearful or anxious when a person you love and are close to leaves your sight.
Percent Of Adults With An Anxiety Disorder
The estimated percent of U.S. adults in any given year with anxiety disorders are:
- 9 Percent – Specific Phobia
- 7 Percent – Social Anxiety Disorder
- 3 Percent – Panic Disorder
- 3 Percent– Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- 2 Percent – Agoraphobia
- 1 Percent – Separation Anxiety Disorder
Women are more likely than men to experience anxiety disorders. For more statistic information visit Anxiety Disorder Statistics.
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