Types of Anxiety Disorders
A patient who is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder feels like the world is closing in on them, and feels a need to escape. Psychologists have determined that this is possessing a fear of the unknown or something that we cannot control. There are several types of anxiety disorders that are: panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder (WebMD, 2011). Patients who are diagnosed with panic disorder frequently have the feeling of dread that attack suddenly and with no warning. There are various symptoms related to a panic attack include sweating, chest pains, palpitations, a feeling of choking, which may make a person feel like he or she are crazy (WebMD, 2011 ). Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients are beset by constant thoughts or fears that cause them to perform certain rituals or routines. The troubling thoughts are known as obsessive, and the rituals are compulsions. An example of this is a person with an unreasonable dread of germs who repetitively washes his or her hands (WebMD, 2011). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) results from a severe and traumatic life event such physically experiencing abuse or involved in an accident can lead to hallucinations and recollections to the occurrence of the event and a feeling of reliving the accident (DepressionAnxietyCure, 2011). Social anxiety disorder involves an overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about normal social situations. The panic centers on a fear of their peers judging them, or behaving badly in a way that leads to feeling ridicule or embarrassment (WebMD, 2011). Having a feeling of someone observing ones every move and made fun of is a big part of a social disorder. A patient diagnosed with a specific phobia usually has a fear of one specific object or situation like the fear of the dark or flying on an airplane. The...
...AnxietyDisordersAnxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior (Seligman, Walker, and Rosenhan). Everyone has felt anxiety at some point in their life, but for some, anxiety is much more severe and prevalent than the normal butterflies in the stomach. There are several types of anxietydisorders, including social phobia, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and generalized anxietydisorder. Each of these disorders has unique issues. I will be discussing generalized anxietydisorder.
A person that has generalized anxietydisorder, or GAD, feels anxious daily about a multitude of things. They worry excessively about everyday activities, so much so that often they cannot perform these tasks, which disrupt their home, social, and work lives. Even when the individual realizes that these fears are irrational, they cannot overcome them (NAMI). Exaggerated worry about health issues, death, family and interpersonal relationship problems, money, and work problems plague them (NIMH). There are many possible physical symptoms as well, such as headaches, sweating, hot flashes, irritability, fatigue, trembling/shaking, and sleep problems.
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...Research Paper: AnxietyDisorders
AnxietyDisorders are characterized by many symptoms and often associated with depressive tendencies. Although the majority are produced in a person based off of their genetic material, other influences exist environmentally that can encourage or discourage the severity of the symptoms and prognosis it has on one’s overall well-being. Early diagnosis and a systematic combination of treatments can help reduce the tensions and encourage a more normal life than what was previously experienced by the person with the disorder.
Anxiety is a normal part of the human process that involves a reaction to adverse reaction due to a stressor. This becomes a disorder when the anxiety induced is “abnormally severe, unduly prolonged, occur in the absence of stress, and are associated with impairment of physical, social or occupational functioning” (Ajel, Baldwin, & Garner, 2008). AnxietyDisorders are more prevalent in society than most would expect. The most occurring ones are panic disorder, generalized anxietydisorder, social anxietydisorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. There are several sources that these...
...AnxietyAnxiety is defined as a normal human emotion that is experienced by the majority of people. There are several different levels of anxiety; the most common is General AnxietyDisorder, or GAD. Other types include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxietydisorder, and specific phobias. (Katz MD) When one goes through an anxiety experience, they feel anxious or nervous. Everyone encounters anxiety in their lives; however anxietydisorders cause such stress in the body to interfere with one’s ability to carry on life normally. Anxietydisorders are considered serious mental illnesses, causing constant worry and or fear, which can be crippling. (Katz MD)
GAD is the most common anxietydisorder that primary care doctors find in their patients; about 5% of people will develop GAD within their lifetime. (Dryden-Edwards MD) There is no single cause of GAD. Women tend to develop the condition, along with other anxietydisorders more commonly than men. Those with family history of anxiety and depression are at an even higher risk for developing GAD or social anxietydisorder. (Dryden-Edwards MD) Being...
Imagine this, as you walk around the grocery store and precede to shop, suddenly your entire body feels frozen, your chest begins to hurt, you feel as though you cannot breathe. You have an overwhelming feeling of terror for absolutely no reason. Everyone is staring, wondering what is wrong with you, until you finally pull yourself together. Doesn’t sound very appealing now does it? Imagine having to live your day to day life not knowing when or if this was going to happen to you, or even why it happens to you. Panic attacks are very common symptoms in people with anxietydisorders. Upon my research I have found what can cause an anxietydisorder, how to treat it and what the different types of anxietydisorders are.
What is an anxietydisorder you may wonder? An anxietydisorder is a mental disorder in which severe anxiety is a symptom. To experience anxiety is to have the feeling of constant worry or unease. There is a difference in experiencing anxiety and having an anciety disorder. Many people experience anxiety in everyday life, for example, when facing problems at work or before taking a big test you may have a feeling of worry or you may feel nervous. This is normal for most...
Types of AnxietyDisorders and its Symptoms
Keanne Louise S. Ariola
English 1, RTA
October 11, 2013
Types of AnxietyDisorders and its Symptoms
People get anxious in their everyday life just by worrying what to eat, how to earn
money, how to finish a work before its deadline, how to pass their job interview, etc.
Anxiety is among the second most common psychiatric disorders among children,
adolescents and adults. Anxietydisorders are characterized by distorted beliefs about the
dangerousness of certain situations and/or internal stimuli. (Clark, 1999)
Anxietydisorders can have a significant effect on a person's mood, self-esteem, and
quality of life. Many people with mild anxiety can still work, study, and have healthy
relationships, but this is harder for people with moderate or severe anxiety. Anxiety may
restrict what people do and when they do it. Many people become worried that they can’t
control their anxiety, and may become worried that they will become lonely, or
According to eCentreClinic.org, there are five types of anxietydisorders which are
the Generalized Anxiety...
...What is anxiety? We have all felt anxiety—the nervousness before a date, test, competition, presentation—but what exactly is it? Anxiety is our body's way of preparing to face a challenge. Our heart pumps more blood and oxygen so we are ready for action. We are alert and perform physical and emotional tasks more efficiently.
It is normal to feel anxious when our safety, health, or happiness is threatened; however, sometimes anxiety can become overwhelming and disruptive and may even occur for no identifiable reason. Excessive, lasting bouts of worry may reflect an anxietydisorder.
Symptoms of anxietydisorders: Anyone may experience these symptoms during stressful times. However, individuals with anxietydisorders may experience them in absence of stress, with more severe symptoms and with several symptoms appearing together.
* Inability to relax
* Unrealistic or excessive worry
* Difficulty falling asleep
* Rapid pulse or pounding, skipping, racing heart
* Nausea, chest pain or pressure
* Feeling a "lump in the throat"
* Dry mouth
* Irregular breathing
* Feelings of dread, apprehension or losing control
* Trembling or shaking, sweating or chills
* Fainting or dizziness, feelings of detachment
* Thoughts of death
Types of AnxietyDisorders:...
...What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is one of the most fundamental emotions shared by all species of animals. When confronted with danger, the fight or flight response of the sympathetic nervous system is triggered so that we are prepared to react and protect ourselves. Without anxiety and its physiological manifestations, such as hypersensitivity to environment and enhanced blood supply to leg muscles, the likelihood of harm or disaster in threatening situations would undoubtedly dramatically increase. A moderate amount of anxiety also has the result of prompting individuals to prepare for certain events, such as exams and presentations, that clearly benefit from this action.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxietydisorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life.
An anxietydisorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxietydisorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.
Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination. It is...
A review of research on anxiety: the physiological, neurological, and psychological aspects. Covered in brief are the definitions, classifications, symptomologies, and demographics of those affected. Prior studies and research are addressed from different points of view including inherent traits, biological basis, and environmental factors. Rationale and different treatment modalities from both the neurological and psychological perspectives are presented.
Because anxietydisorders are highly prevalent, routinely affecting millions of people worldwide, they are of great concern within the fields of medicine and psychology today. These psychiatric disorders are “characterized by unrealistic, unfounded fear and anxiety” (Carlson, 467) many of which appear to have a biological basis. Afflicting twice as many females as males as well of people of all age groups, these mental disorders are “characterized by various combinations of key features (which include) Irritability, fear, Insomnia, Nervousness, Tachycardia, Inability to concentrate, poor coping skills, Palpitation, Sweating, Agoraphobia, and Social Withdrawal” (Ashwani, Tarun, Ajay, & Anil, 2011) as well as feelings of worry, apprehension, tension, shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness, feelings of unreality, and expectation of impending disaster, (Carlson, 467). Overall,...