Anxiety Disorders in its Various Forms
We all, at times, worry about
- everyday concerns
- avoiding negative reactions from others
- avoiding panicky symptoms in common challenging situations.
Anxiety Disorders occur when fears cause excessive reactions which interfere with functioning, as in
- General Anxiety Disorder,
- Social Anxiety, and
- Panic Disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Uncontrollable, excessive worry about real world concerns (school, work, money, and family members), leading to repeatedly checking for reassurance. Other symptoms include muscle tension, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, gastrointestinal discomfort, and sleep disturbance.
Social Anxiety Disorder:
Fear of being judged negatively by people in social situations, e.g., asking someone out on a date, public speaking, talking to strangers at parties, speaking at meetings, etc.
History of frequent panic attacks characterized by unnecessary triggering of “fight or flight response”, fears of having additional panic attacks, fear of being trapped and needing to escape and fear of any physical symptoms of panic attacks, e.g., increased heart rate, shallow or restricted breathing, light headedness, chest tightness, disorientation, etc., sometimes accompanied by avoidance of going out in public (agoraphobia). A structured, evidence based cognitive-behavioral program is used to treat panic disorder.
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