There is an estimated 13.1 million people living with anxiety on this planet, and rates are increasing over the years. You probably have heard about anxiety, or have experienced the feeling of being anxious, but what exactly is anxiety? Anxiety is a normal part of life that protects us from danger, but there's also the type of anxiety that takes over your life. The anxiety that can stop you from being the real you. It's the body's normal response to a stressful situation. Anxiety is the anxious feeling you get when you feel threatened or frightened. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time and it's not a problem until it starts to interfere with your everyday life like it does to me.
Anxiety can create feelings such as fear, restlessness, worry, dread, and uneasiness. Anxiety should not be confused with fear. Fear is concrete, an actual danger, where anxiety is the paranoia of something out there that seems menacing but may not be menacing, and may not even be there. When anxiety starts to disrupt your life, it is known as an Anxiety Disorder. The anxiety that people suffer with is not just a simple condition. It develops itself in a variety of ways. Anxiety is not just nervousness either, there are both psychological symptoms and physical symptoms. The physical symptoms of anxiety is rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, nausea and dizziness, chest pain and headaches, weakness in the limbs and muscle tension. It's important for people who have anxiety attacks to realize the symptoms once they start having them because it's possible for them to panic over panicking.
There are seven main types of anxiety disorders and each disorder has different symptoms. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most common and widespread type of anxiety disorder that affects tens of millions of people throughout our world. This disorder is best described as an ongoing state of mental and physical tension and nervousness. This could even be without a cause or without the ability to take a break from the anxiety and calm yourself down. Normally when the anxiety appears to occur for no reason or for a reason that shouldn't be causing that degree of anxiousness, individuals are diagnosed with G.A.D (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). The most common problems associated with G.A.D is constant restlessness, irritation, edginess, or a feeling of being without control. Some experience trouble concentrating or focusing on certain tasks. The physical effects are the feeling of fatigue, lethargy, or generally low energies. (Tired all of the time and no motivation). The symptom most experienced is tense muscles, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders. The second type of anxiety disorder is Social Phobia. Social Phobia is an irrational fear of social situations. There are certain degrees of social phobia that is normal but when it stops a person from attending normal healthy social events, there's a problem. People who suffer from social phobia often experience two or more symptoms. They usually feel hopeless or fearful when they're near unfamiliar people or in an unfamiliar environment. They usually have an obsession over being watched, observed or even judged by others. They can experience intense issues meeting new people or speaking up when it's their turn, for example public speaking. Eighty percent of people who suffer from social phobia display avoidance behaviors, and avoid anything that has to do with social involvement. This is very similar to people with specific phobias, which is intense feelings of fear because objects, scenarios, animals etc. A rare anxiety disorder is Agoraphobia which is the fear of going out in public, in open spaces or the fear of being in unfamiliar places. People who suffer from agoraphobia tend to never leave their home, or do anything just to avoid traveling anywhere other than their home....
...Anxiety vs. Disorder
What is the difference between Anxiety and Depression? Truth is depression is a symptom sometimes experienced by people with anxiety disorders, and anxiety is sometimes experienced by people with depression. The person experiencing the depression or anxiety often can tell which came first and which is more dominant. Although there is quite a difference between the two it can sometimes be difficult to determine. There are some common symptoms between those suffering from anxiety and those who suffer from depression. The common symptoms are difficulty concentrating, agitation, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. Both conditions effect sufferers on a neurological and emotional level. Those who suffer from these conditions may even report experiencing similar symptoms. However the difference between Depression and Anxiety is clear when determined by medical professionals. Anxiety is a normal human emotion that is managed while Depression is a disease that must be treated. You can determine the difference in your own life by looking for symptoms. You may experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder. For instance, if you find yourself feeling sad and not motivated for...
Spectrum of symtpoms:
GAD: excessive anxiety occurring more days than not for >6mo with 3+ of (felling on edge, fatigue, irritability, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems). Symptoms have significant overlap with depression. F:M = 2:1; highly comorbid with MDD (62); patients complaining of anxiety may have depression or comorbid depression.
8% (40% are exposed to trauma)
Comordbid with substance use and somatization d/o’s
Specific phobia: excessive persistent fear of a specific object or situation with avoidance and interference with functioning.
In social phobia, “scrutiny by others” and the discovery of anxiety by others is most feared (more than fear of appearing incompetent, weak, etc). Social phobia has younger average age of onset – mid-teens. Social phobia is a primary specific phobia, must be distinguished from secondary social anxiety which may be a consequence of panic disorder.
Beta-blockers is a good choice for performance anxiety. Pindolol is the only beta-blocker with serotonergic activity, less likely to contribute to depression.
Panic disorder: >=4 of symptoms, most of which are somatic; high co-morbidity with somatization disorders. Prominent...
...Anxiety in a social situation and how people avoid them is very common in today’s society. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. Anxiety can also stem from a negative morning experience to even more extreme situations, such as an upcoming court date determining ones fate in prison. Whatever the case maybe, people suffer from anxiety daily leading to feelings of alienation, fear, and isolation having great difficulty controlling the anxiety. This is where a wise therapist and/or a medical professional can help change these behaviors and/or the anxiety disorder while creating positive change for the client. BASIC I.D. is a multimodal therapy conceptual framework where human behavior is understood through the assessment of seven areas (behavior, affective responses, sensations, images, cognitions, interpersonal relationships, and drugs/biological functions). There is valuable information that a counselor can learn about their client while assessing them and using this approach. Some examples questions to ask the client during the assessment are:
B- What would you like to start doing/stop doing?
A- What makes you angry, sad, etc?
S- What do you like/dislike to hear, taste, etc?
...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 anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders: Anyone may experience these symptoms during stressful times. However, individuals with anxiety disorders 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 Anxiety Disorders:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized...
...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. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life.
An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, 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 the subjectively unpleasant feelings of...
Many people believe that the events which take place in ones childhood do not effect their adulthood, but scientific studies show that it actually does effect ones adulthood. I have been through certain situations in my life which have effected my ability to grow completely. These experiences define childhood anxiety. Childhood anxiety is panic attacks experienced by children due to various reasons. Other symptoms may include heart burns, cold sweats, and nightmares. For example, since I did not know how to deal with stress as a child, I was not able to make decisions on my own because of certain fears. If these anxiety attacks are not dealt with at an early age, they may result in further problems in the developmental process, potentially leading to death. Many would believe that childhood anxiety has very little effect in adulthood which is not true because unattended phobias or anxiety illnesses can have a dramatic effect on how a person functions in their later years.
Some would argue that one is born with certain disorders, but anxiety develops in a child through the interaction they have with their family members or the community. According to “What about me? Siblings of Children with an Anxiety Disorder” families with children who already experience anxiety disorders are more likely to develop them. One should not...
Aug. 6, 2012
Jose J. Juarez
A psychological disorder, also referred to as a mental disorder, is an ongoing behavioral pattern, thoughts, feelings or actions that are deviant, distressful, and dysfunctional. It impacts multiple life areas which create hardships for the person experiencing these symptoms that can seriously affect your day-to-day function in life and interfere with your ability to interact in society (Unknown, Psychological Disorders-Symptoms, Causes, Treatments). While the causes of psychological disorders are unknown, and some are varied, assessments and evaluations are done by psychiatrists and therapists. Afterwards, treatments are often done depending on the cause. Treatments usually involve psychotherapy to work on behaviors, skill development, and thought process. For some patients that have severe problems, such as substance abuse or serious complications, are hospitalized. To acquire a diagnosis, clinicians use the DMV-IV-TR guidelines and answer a serious of questions about observation behaviors, such as: “Is the person afraid to leave home?” (Myers). Common known disorders are anxiety disorder, panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
One of the most known psychological disorders is anxiety disorder....
...Running Head: ANXIETY DISORDERS
This paper goes through the different types of anxiety disorders. This paper will include the causes, symptoms, and treatment of the disorders. The disorders are: (1.) Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia; (2.) Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; (3.) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; (4.) Social Phobia; and (5.) Panic Attacks.
Anxiety is something that everyone experiences in their life, but just because one has anxiety every once in a while, does not mean that they have a anxiety disorder. In fact, plain anxiety and anxiety disorders are very different. The anxiety that everyone experiences now and then is just nervousness due to something happening in their life, where anxiety disorders are much more serious. Anxiety disorders can cause such a toll on someones life, that it is hard to live a normal life. People with anxiety disorders are constantly overwhelmed, worried, stressed, and nervous to the point where the nervousness turns into fear. There are several types of anxiety disorders, some of which are: Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Attack, and Social Anxiety...