7 Types of Anxiety Disorders & 4 Major Anxiety Disorders

7 Types of Anxiety Disorders & 4 Major Anxiety Disorders

7 Types of Anxiety Disorders

           Do you find yourself feeling stressed out when you're studying for an important exam Or when you're practicing repeatedly in front of a mirror before a presentation? 

           It's perfectly normal to feel stressed out or anxious every now and then Unfortunately for some of us our anxiety can get so out of hand that we feel 

           this way constantly That chronic feeling of anxiousness and fear is the marking of an anxiety disorder 

           If you can relate to most of the signs, we do advise you to go to a qualified medical health professional for proper diagnosis With that being said,  the 7 Types of Anxiety Disorders 

1: Generalized anxiety disorder 

          also known as GAD It's the most common among anxiety disorders to be diagnosed People with GAD suffer from intense and persistent worry a GAD sufferer can worry or feel anxious about several events Ranging from school or work to their family life at home 

          This anxiety is associated with at least three of these symptoms: Restlessness, Fatigue, Difficulty Concentrating, Irritability, Muscle Tension, Insomnia, or Difficulty Falling Asleep People with GAD, often can't explain their anxiety using specific fears like those with more specific anxiety disorders can And this is because their anxiety stems from various stimuli 

          Those who suffer from GAD can find relief in several treatment options ranging from mindfulness meditation and brisk exercise to cognitive-behavioral therapies and medications. 

2: Separation Anxiety Disorder 

        This type of anxiety is more common in children than in adults. 

        For many, the mere thought of separation causes a high amount of stress People with separation anxiety worry that something unexpected could separate them from their attachment figure Or that their attachment figure will abandon

        This anxiety presents as nightmares of being alone and a persistent refusal to leave their attachment figure Kids with separation anxiety may be clingy and insist on sleeping with 

        their parents at night Children often grow out of separation anxiety disorder, but if it persists for six months or longer, they should be provided help Adult sufferers may also find benefit from the available therapies 

3: Social Anxiety Disorder

        Social Phobia and Selective mutism Social anxiety disorder also known as "S.A.D." refers to the fear of public situations and exposure to unfamiliar people S.A.D. 

        sufferers tend to avoid situations in which they're in the spotlight because they're worried that they'll be embarrassed or judged by others The thought or the anticipation alone of an upcoming social situation can cause 

        major anxiety-related symptoms like panic attacks or severe stomach pain People with S.A.D. 

        may show signs of stress in these forms: Little to no eye contact, Freezing in place, Running off, or Avoiding tasks like eating in public Children and adults alike can suffer from S.A.D. 

        But some children with social anxiety may also have a more intense and ability to function in social situations Selective mutism is a type of social anxiety in which a child is unable to speak in social situations Despite being able to speak normally otherwise Oftentimes, this problem arises at school or in the presence of strangers If a child with selective mutism can communicate at all. They might only be able to nod or whisper 

4: Panic disorder 

      It becomes a disorder when an individual experiences panic attacks multiple times in their lifetime Panic attacks are intense bursts of fear followed by a


      range of physical symptoms, these include at least four of the following: Cold sweats, Muscle stiffness or Trembling, Hyperventilation, which is fast, shallow breathing Lightheadedness, Numbness or Fear of death and/or Insanity The fear afterward of another panic attack. 

      Sometimes actually provokes more panic attacks More often than not, panic attacks are had in combination with other anxiety disorders Therapy along with medications can help in handling panic disorder 

5: Agoraphobia 

      Does your local train station seem intimidating? You feel faint in a crowded place? Agoraphobia is the fear of public places Anxiety arises because they deem


      them as too open or dangerous It's triggered by fears like becoming a victim of a crime or of contracting a disease or illness Its sufferers coop themselves up in


      their homes where they're comfortable and familiar with their environment Agoraphobe often become over-dependent on other people to compensate for their inability to cope in public 

      Agoraphobia can develop at any age and can be extremely debilitating Exposure therapy works effectively against Agoraphobia in conjunction with medication 

6: Specific Phobia 

      These are persistent and extreme fears about a specific object or situation and cause a ton of stress to the sufferer Phobias can be environmental like Acrophobia, the fear of heights and they can be animal-based Or even situational like Taphophobia, the fear of being buried alive 

      Such phobias often arise due to traumatic experiences that cause people to make negative associations with these objects or situations Someone who was clawed in the face by a cat in their childhood might have an avid fear of cats in 

      their adulthood In cases where exposure therapy may not be safe or applicable Cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective in changing a person's negative association to their feared object or situation 

7: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

      OCD and Post-Traumatic StressDisorder PTSD Yes, OCD and PTSD were categorized by many psychiatrists as disorders to be grouped with the aforementioned anxiety disorders Recently 

       there have been new findings of these disorders that team them both unique enough to be in categories of their own However, this is not to suggest that OCD and PTSD are any less important to deal with 

       The common thread that group disorders like GAD, S.A.D., panic disorder and phobias together Is that sufferers of these anxiety disorders experience future-oriented fear? OCD differs, and that though 

       there is anxiety felt in the sufferer's obsession They can find temporary relief in their ritualistic compulsions Unfortunately for OCD sufferers, this means a life of cyclical ritualism that can affect daily living 

      Those are suffering from PTSD May suffer anxiety-like symptoms similar to GAD or even panic disorder But PTSD is unique and that it's past-oriented The sufferer suffers flashbacks that bring them back to the event of their traumatization If you're diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

* it's okay Millions of people around the world understand what it's like to suffer from an anxiety disorder, so you're not alone Understand that every single one of these anxiety types is often treatable and manageable.

              5 Major Anxiety Disorders

           When it comes to anxiety disorders, there is no 'one type'. Each form of anxiety has its own set of symptoms and treatments It is important to remember that, while some symptoms will overlap. 

           No two anxiety disorders are alike This list aims to bring attention to the five major anxiety disorders, and what they mean for the sufferers We at the growing number of anxiety sufferers and their needs 

          So, without further ado, here's 5 Major anxiety disorders as well as their symptoms and treatments

1: obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD 

          Obsessive-compulsive disorder technically has two components: obsessions and compulsions Obsessions can encompass anything from a severe fear of germs to the placement of things around the home and many things in between 

          The compulsions are what the sufferer does to rid themselves of those obsessive thoughts Someone who has obsessions about germs may ritually wash their hands or carry hand sanitizer everywhere they go, Someone 

          who has obsessive thoughts about the placement of objects might arrange and rearrange their belongings until they feel just right These obsessions and compulsions can become very intrusive and disrupted to the sufferers daily life As far as treatments for OCD go, 

          there are a couple: There are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as fluoxetine sertraline These medications are meant to help alleviate the symptoms for the sufferer so that they are at a manageable and less destructive level The other widely used t

         treatment is psychotherapy With this, you might run into cognitive behavioral therapy that will be used to help the sufferer essentially reprogram their response to obsessions and compulsions For the most part, medications and therapies are used in tandem to get the best results.

2: generalized anxiety disorder 

          Generalized anxiety disorder or GED is a bit unlike the other anxiety disorders on this list Those who suffer from GED aren't always able to give a reason for 

          their symptoms, In fact, one of the symptoms is a general feeling of restlessness or ease They may also experience worry as one of the symptoms Everyone worries from time to time, but GED causes the sufferer to eternalize those worries and take
         them to an entirely new level They may think of them in an obsessive manner which will cause a downward spiral of other symptoms such as a disturbance in sleep patterns 

        The treatments available for GED are similar to those of OCD Medications and therapy. 

        Though in this case, the medications may be benzodiazepines and antidepressants rather than the run-of-the-mill SSRIs Cognitive behavioral therapy is used with GED as well as relaxation techniques and mindfulness.

3: social anxiety disorder 

         Those with social anxiety disorder experienced panic attacks related to social situations This can manifest in a fear of public speaking or stage fright and can be so severe 

         that they avoid going into public altogether Social anxiety can also have symptoms of severe self-consciousness and a general fear of being around others Someone with social anxiety might find it hard to speak 

         when other people are present even if they aren't addressing the crowd as whole Social anxiety is mainly treated with SSRIs and therapy 

         As we stated before, just because a treatment option looks similar from one anxiety to another it isn't going to be the same Each sufferer presents their own needs that must be taken into account. 

         Each therapy isn't going to work the same for each individual Personalization of treatment is key in these situations.

4: panic disorder 

          Unlike the other anxiety disorders on this list, panic disorder rests solely on panic attacks With many other anxiety disorders, panic attacks are just 

          another symptom when it comes to panic disorder those attacks are the symptom Panic disorder is characterized by recurrent panic attacks 

          The sufferer may experience heart palpitations, erasing pulse an intense fear and the feeling that they are hopelessly out of control 

          There isn't a rhyme or reason to many of these attacks, so the sufferer is essentially lying in wait for the next one to come Panic disorder can be treated in many ways The medications used are some 

          that we've heard of such as benzodiazepines and SSRIs We have also introduced serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or SNRIs and beta-blockers These medications, as with OCD, are often used in conjunction with therapy to help maximize the usefulness of each.

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