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Do You Know the Signs of an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders can affect anyone. Anxiety often comes when people hold in their fears until they begin to feel anxiety. The signs of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Endless checking or rechecking actions.
  • A constant and unrealistic worry about everyday occurrences and activities.
  • Fear and anxiety that appear for no apparent reason.

Anxiety disorders include the following:

  • Panic Disorder: a sudden, uncontrollable attack of terror that can manifest itself with heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and an out-of-control or terribly frightening feeling;
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: excessive anxiety and worry that last for at least six months accompanied by other physical and behavioral problems;
  • Social Phobia: a persistent fear of one or more situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny of others;
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: repeated, intrusive and unwanted thoughts that cause anxiety, often accompanied by ritualized behavior that relieve this anxiety;
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: caused when someone experiences a severely distressing or traumatic event. Recurring nightmares and/or flashbacks and unprovoked anger are common symptoms.

By contacting a psychologist or mental health professional, those who suffer from an anxiety disorder can take the first step on the road to recovery. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, 90% of people with emotional illnesses will improve or recover if they get treatment.

(Source: American Psychological Association)

Some Anxiety Is Natural and Normal

Most people experience feelings of anxiety before an important event such as a business presentation, big exam, or first date.  Anxiety disorders, however, are illnesses that fill people’s lives with overwhelming anxiety or fear that is chronic, unremitting, and can grow progressively worse. Tormented by panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, flashbacks of traumatic events, nightmares, or countless frightening physical symptoms, some people with anxiety disorders even become housebound.

Anxiety disorders are the most common, or frequently occurring, mental disorders. Children, adolescents, and adults can all develop anxiety disorders.

(Health Sentry Newsletter-Volume 22, Issue 3)