• Which Type of Anxiety Disorder Do You Suffer from?

    by Caroline Ryther
    on May 22nd, 2018

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by anxiety which is roughly 18% of the nation’s population. With the exception of PTSD, women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety disorders as men are. The ADAA states that anxiety disorders typically occur at a younger age in women than they do in men, and that anxiety disorders strike women most often between puberty and age 50.

Anxiety comes in a variety of shapes and forms, such as panic attacks, phobia, and social anxiety, but the most common one is generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. And while it’s not easy figuring out when you’ve crossed the line between “normal nervous” and an official diagnosis, you can start by learning more about anxiety in general, and different types of disorders people suffer from.

Anxiety Disorders: Panic, Social, Phobia, or GAD?

The first step towards defining which type of anxiety disorder you have is becoming familiar with its symptoms:

1) Panic disorder. You feel terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may also sweat, have chest pain, and feel palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.

2) Social anxiety disorder. Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate about others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed.

3) Specific phobias. You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.

4) Generalized anxiety disorder. You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.

Researchers don’t know exactly what brings on anxiety disorders. Like other forms of mental illness, they stem from a combination of things, including changes in your brain and environmental stress, and even your genes. The disorders can run in families and could be linked to faulty circuits in the brain that control fear and other emotion.

All anxiety disorders share some general symptoms:

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s time to see a specialist who can help you cope with and overcome anxiety. With treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life. Dr. Best is here and ready to help you get back on the right path. Call or email us to schedule an appointment:

Phone: 847-306-8938

Email: pm@mind.md

Author Caroline Ryther

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