Anxiety Disorders: Understanding the
There is more than one type of
anxiety disorder. In fact, the specialists have discovered no less than five such types of anxiety
The first type of anxiety is Generalized Anxiety
Disorder, also known as GAD. People who suffer from it are constantly worried and anxious. Even when they
have no problem to face and nothing should trouble their lives, people with GAD still feel worried. In order
to be diagnosed with GAD a patient must have experienced extreme worrying every day, for more than half of
Theoretically every person may be affected by GAD.
However, studies have shown that the number of women with GAD is bigger than that of men having the same
condition. The good news is that Generalized Anxiety Disorder can be treated. Medication can be prescribed or
cognitive-behavioral therapy can be undertaken in order to treat GAD. For better results both methods can be
employed at the same time.
Social Anxiety Disorder or the social phobia is another type of anxiety disorder. People suffering
from social phobia encounter great difficulty in performing in front of other people. The fear of being
(mis-)judged and making a fool of themselves will prevent social phobia sufferers from speaking in front of many
people. The patients who suffer from extreme forms of Social Anxiety Disorder will even give up meeting their small
circle of friends for fear of embarrassment.
Like GAD, social phobia can affect anyone. Yet, some think
that some people are genetically predisposed to such a disease. Fortunately, social phobia can be cured by
taking specific medication and undertaking therapy sessions.
When someone is obsessively thinking that a disaster is
going to happen or someone dear will have a misfortune then he/she may be suffering from
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. This condition often results in repetitive behavior, such as checking
the lock of the house twice or more, and in preset way of doing things. Children, men and women, can all fall
under the effects of OCD and can experience the same fears and anxieties. In order to treat OCD, doctors
first address those anxieties and solve them with therapy and medication. This leads to a faster alleviation
of the OCD condition.
Panic Disorder is a more severe condition. Patients suffering from it experience panic
attacks which are similar to heart attacks. Chest pain, sweating, shorten of breath, palpitations and dizziness are
common symptoms of panic attacks. The worse thing about panic attacks is that they are unpredictable and appear out
of nowhere. Both sexes can be confronted with Panic disorder, but this condition is more common to women. With
therapy and appropriate medication, Panic Disorder can be controlled.
Tragic events, such as car accidents, wars, rapes and
other similar acts of violence, may leave scars on people’s minds. The victims of tragic events usually
develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The memories of their past experience will make them
avoid circumstances or persons which may remind them or even recreate the tragic event. Similarly to all the
other types of anxiety disorders, PTSD can be treated by encouraging people to talk about their experiences
and by prescribing proper medication.
You might think that it is quite normal to be worried;
yet, when it reaches alarming levels you should seek the help of a doctor. It is best to start earlier, so
that anxiety disorder will not have the time to ruin your life.