Anxiety is a feeling of fear and apprehension and is our body’s natural response to significant levels of stress.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
– feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
– being easily fatigued
– having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
– being irritable
– having muscle tension
– difficulty controlling feelings of worry
– having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep
We can all feel a little anxious when faced with a dangerous situation, a major problem, when required to perform in front of others or even when we’re required to make a major life decisions.
Anxiety is very much part of being human and usually temporary. But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, frequent, last for long periods of time or are interfering with the quality of your life, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age at anytime of their lives.
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The Five Major Types Of Anxiety Disorders
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by acute or chronic anxiety, significant levels of worry and tension, usually when there is little or nothing significant to provoke it.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), is an anxiety disorder characterised by recurrent, unwanted and obsessive thoughts and / or repetitive or compulsive behaviours. Behaviours can include anything from checking locks / doors / windows, to hand washing, counting or cleaning. These compulsive behaviours are often performed in the hope of preventing or alleviating obsessive thoughts. Not performing these obsessive or compulsive behaviours only temporary relief whilst not performing them markedly increases the associated anxiety.
Panic Disorder is characterised by unexpected and repeated anxiety or panic attacks. These are episodes of intense fear together together with significant physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominal distress or chest pains.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) usually develops after being party to or witnessing a traumatic event or ordeal. Traumatic events which may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat.
Social Phobia is characterised by an intense fear of, or anxiety toward, social or performance situations. Those suffering with a social phobia often worry that their actions or behaviours associated with their anxiety will be negatively evaluated by others, leading them to feel embarrassed. This worry often causes people with social anxiety to avoid social or performance situations.
Researchers are finding that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the risk of developing an anxiety disorder.
Although the risk factors for each type of anxiety disorder can vary, some general risk factors for all types of anxiety disorders include:
– shyness or behavioral inhibition in childhood
– exposure to stressful or negative environments or events in early childhood
– a history of anxiety or other mental illnesses in relatives
– some physical health conditions, such as thyroid problems or heart arrhythmias
– the use of drugs such are marijuana or cocaine, or other chemicals such as caffeine
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