Anxiety has become a very common symptom for a lot of people, with some having occasional or situational difficulties, while others have much more severe symptoms. We often hear terms like social anxiety or generalized anxiety, and today’s on-demand, fast-paced and comparison-based world provides no shortage of anxiety-producing events.
There are different types of anxiety disorders, and we will share some of that information here. If you feel you are having an anxiety-related problem and would like to find a therapist who can work with you, browse the growing list of those in your state who can help.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
This is typically diagnosed in people who have excessive worry and longer term anxiety symptoms that are present for six months or more. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder have worrisome thoughts that consume them about many areas in their lives, such as family and other relationships, work, social settings, health conditions, and more. Some symptoms may included irritability, fatigue, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, continual worry and unusual caution.
Panic disorder usually has much more acute symptoms, but may only be present occasionally or in specific situations. People suffering with this have unexpected panic attacks that are sudden and often repeat in similar situations. Panic disorder is accompanied by intense fear, and common symptoms include shaking or trembling, sweating, increased heart rate, irregular heartbeat, sweating, ear ringing or loss of hearing, difficulty catching breath and more.
Separation Anxiety Disorder
It is common to see separation anxiety symptoms present in young children, as they fear that their parents or other adults are leaving them behind. While most children do tend to grow out of this, some continue to carry it forward, and it can be present in adults as well. This is is an unhealthy form of attachment where people fear being alone or that something will happen to them or others upon separation. As with most anxiety issues, there are physical symptoms that also emerge similar to others above.
Social Anxiety Disorder
As with some other forms of anxiety, having a fear of certain social or performance situations can be common.
For example, most of us would agree that we would be afraid of public speaking, or that it at the very least produces sweaty palms and irregular heartbeat. However, people with social anxiety disorder have a more intense fear of these situations, and even less dramatic social events that are prevalent in work or school or out in public.
There are actually 100 or more phobias that have been listed. These are fears of specific things or situations, such as flying, spiders, water, snakes, heights, clowns, etc. People with simple phobias like this may have no other major anxiety-related problems in life except when confronted with these items or circumstances, and the reactions to them can vary.
Treatment for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms, there can be many different ways to address anxiety problems. Sometimes it may take trying different types or combinations of treatments.
Some of the treatments may include:
– Talk therapy
– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
– Exposure therapy
– Breath work
– Mindfulness practices
– Support groups
If you are experiencing anxiety-related symptoms and would like to speak with a licensed professional, feel free to browse the list of therapists in your state who may be able to help.
[sources: nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml; healthline.com/health/list-of-phobias#az-list-of-fears]