Types of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a common problem among American adults but there is more than one category of anxiety that can cause mental health problems. The causes and symptoms of certain types of anxiety can signify that someone is suffering from one of the five major types of anxiety disorders. The major illnesses associated with anxiety are generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

People that have anxiety that is chronic and not necessarily caused by one specific thing or situation are thought to have generalized anxiety disorder. They may frequently feel worried and tense even when nothing significant occurs to provoke those feelings. On the other hand people with social anxiety disorder specifically feel anxiety when they are confronted with social situations and it may even be limited to one type of social interaction such as speaking in front of a group.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is related to anxiety but it causes a number of unique behavior patterns that the person uses to manage their feelings of anxiety. They may have certain fears such as a phobia of contamination and engage in unusual rituals to calm their anxiety such as repeated hand washing or excessive cleaning. Those with panic disorder feel intense and sudden bouts of anxiety that cause them to have symptoms of panic attacks such as dizziness, shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat.

Another common type of anxiety is post-traumatic stress disorder which is caused by a traumatic, shocking or painful experience that occurs in someone’s life. They might have flashbacks of the event or nightmares that make it difficult for them to function normally. Although each type of anxiety has its unique issues, when they interfere with daily life it is important to get professional help to manage symptoms.

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