Anxiety is one of the most common mood disorders experienced nationwide. Though everyone will experience some degree of anxiety in their lives at one point or another, those with a disorder will encounter anxiety levels that are debilitating to their lives. There are a number of anxiety-related conditions that can affect people, including phobias and panic disorder. Still others can be prone to symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. Understanding the different types of anxiety disorders that can occur can allow a person to start taking the steps towards necessary treatment.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) will cause a person to show agitation or stress that appears to be unreasonable with respect to the given situation. Those with this condition will often worry to great lengths about professional, job-related or personal family matters. GAD commonly also causes insomnia, physical weakness and headaches along with problems with concentration and the individual becoming easily annoyed.
Phobias create an extreme fear of a given thing or certain situation. For example, someone could have a fear of spiders or extreme heights. Because of this, the person will avoid everyday life situations as a cautionary measure. For example, a person with a fear of enclosed spaces may avoid situations in which they may encounter the possibility of having to get into an elevator. Individuals who deal with phobias exhibit nausea, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, trembling or other symptoms.
In the case of Social anxiety disorder the person will fear that he or she will be subjected to ridicule, judgment or extreme scrutiny by others in social situations. The person could be terrified of situations such as public speaking or being introduced to a new person. Social phobia can be limited to one type of specific situation. Someone with social anxiety disorder may exhibit chest pain, nausea, trembling etc. when faced with a social situation.
Someone with panic disorder will experience terror or dread at unexpected moments. Symptoms will often include chest pain, perspiration and irregular heartbeat. The person could feel as if he or she is having a heart attack or discomfort in the abdominal area as well. In this condition, anxiety will often soar between panic attacks. The disorder can eventually turn into agoraphobia in extreme cases.
Another anxiety-related condition is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD cause the person to feel the need to complete certain behaviors to relieve anxious symptoms. One could need to check repeatedly to see that the stove is off before leaving the home. Constant washing of the hands is another frequent compulsion. The rituals often eventually become so time consuming that other areas of life will not receive proper attention.
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is often related to members of the military who have seen combat. However, this disorder can affect anyone who has experienced extreme trauma such as surviving a major car crash, sexual abuse, physical abuse etc. Symptoms of PTSD will normally include flashbacks, extreme anxiety, nightmares or uncontrollable thoughts regarding the traumatic event.
Having an anxiety disorder can seriously hinder a person’s life, often negatively impacting their relationships, schooling and employment. When dealing with an anxiety disorder it is often best to seek treatment.
There are many forms of treatment available to those experiencing severe anxiety. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT, can help positively restructure thoughts, behaviors and actions. Diet and exercise could also prove to be helpful, along with the use of anti-anxiety medications. Friends and family members can also learn to be more accommodating in helping the patient manage symptoms. Group therapy can also be a valuable resource for those looking for advice on how to better cope with the overwhelming anxiety.
The first step to recovery is finding help. The Anxiety Treatment Advisors of Colorado are here to assist you in doing just that. We can connect you to the best treatment program to suit your individual needs and get your life back on track. To learn more about anxiety disorders and to find the help you or your loved one needs, please call the Anxiety Treatment Advisors of Colorado at any time.