Simply explained, anxiety is your body’s usual emotional and very normal response to particular stimuli and stress. It’s a feeling of fear, worry and apprehension to certain things that can be considered completely natural and typical. But when these feelings become incredibly extreme to the point that they affect your day to day life, as well as lasting longer than 6 months or more, then this could be a sign that you are actually suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Statistics show that not only are anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. there are at least 40 million adults diagnosed with one every year. And although they are considered to be highly treatable, only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
In order to better understand what they are, here are different types of Anxiety Disorders:
Social Anxiety Disorder
Also known as Social Phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. People with this type of disorder are also always worried about what others think about them if people are judging them or having an irrational fear of being embarrassed or humiliated.
Panic Disorders are when a person feels panicked, alarmed, confused and fearful at any time or for any given reason, which at times can also be very unreasonable. They can be accompanied by palpitations, excessive sweating and at times chest pain, which can even make someone feel like they’re having a heart attack.
Although having phobias, or a fear of something or of a certain situation, is completely normal, when they become intense, excessive or they go beyond what’s appropriate, it can be considered as an anxiety disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
A generalized anxiety disorder is when you feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason. Basically this is when one worries excessively over every little thing, the inability to relax or always feeling restless, and major indecisiveness, amongst others.
Symptoms Of Anxiety Disorder
While anxiety disorders can be crippling, they can also be managed with the proper care and treatment from a medical professional. Being able to recognize the disorder is one of the first steps to getting the help you need. Here are 15 Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder explained.