Everyone feels anxious sometimes. Often, anxiety is a normal and natural response to life’s pressures and stresses. But for some people, it can become uncontrollable and overwhelming, persisting to the point where it interferes with daily activities. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric illness, and they affect approximately 40 million people in the United States alone. If your anxiety is pervasive or seems out of alignment with the real issues and problems you are facing, it may be time to consult a doctor or psychiatrist to find out if you have a more serious issue.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects almost seven million adults in the US. Those with GAD tend to experience excessive worry or anxiety that lasts for months at a time and often has no specific or clear cause. Symptoms may also include:
Those with panic disorder have sudden, recurrent, and unexpected attacks of panic. These panic attacks can last several minutes, often negatively impacting a person’s quality of life and interfering with their ability to function normally. Symptoms may include:
Also known as social phobia, social anxiety disorder is characterized by a fear of social or performance situations. While it is normal to sometimes feel nervous in social situations, social anxiety disorder goes far beyond simply butterflies. Everyday interactions can become a cause of extreme worry and self-doubt. Symptoms may also include:
People who suffer from agoraphobia have an overwhelming fear of places or situations that may cause them to feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed. The fear may be of an actual or anticipated situation, including open or enclosed spaces, crowds, or public places in general. Symptoms may also include:
From heights and small places to spiders and snakes, many people experience some sort of phobia. But for some, the terror becomes so intense that they actively avoid places or situations simply from fear of facing their phobia – even though they may realize that their fear is out of proportion with reality. In severe cases, symptoms of specific phobias may include:
Anxiety disorders may originate during childhood, develop slowly over time, or seem to arise suddenly. There are also a number of other psychiatric disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression which include anxiety among their possible symptoms. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment is to seek professional help.
If you’re suffering from some type of debilitating anxiety and need assistance with daily tasks, reach out to Specialty Care Services to get the support you need today!