An Overview of Anxiety Disorders

Did you know that there were many different types of anxiety disorders? If you didn’t then don’t panic because there are so many people that do not appreciate the wide range of symptoms and conditions that anxiety, as a whole, can cover. They can all come with the similar symptoms in most cases but it is wise to determine the difference of disorders to ensure that the treatment is correct.

There are really six main kinds of anxiety disorders:

  •  Phobias
  •  PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  •  Social Anxiety
  •  Panic Disorder (Usually classed as panic attacks)
  •  OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  •  General Anxiety

These six types of anxiety disorders will generally come with the same symptoms both mentally and physically. The physical symptoms very often lead the sufferer to believe that he or she is having a heart attack, mainly because it feels as if your heart is beating at a thousand miles an hour and you start to sweat. Not only that but you can become very dizzy and the more you try to calm yourself down, the more you panic; the more you panic, the less you can breath, and it can turn into a vicious cycle that is virtually impossible to break.

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There are other symptoms that often come with the various anxiety disorders – there will usually be some problems with the digestive tract and also the bowels, swallowing can become difficult, headaches will occur more regularly than usual, insomnia may hit with a vengeance and hot flashes can make your day rather uncomfortable indeed. When you combine these physical symptoms with some of the emotional or mental ones, you can appreciate how difficult these disorders can be to live with.

You can very often feel like the loneliest person in the world, despite the fact that you are surrounded by people; you begin to get paranoid and wonder if everyone around you is talking about you or laughing at you. Sometimes you cry randomly for no apparent reason and if there is a reason, it’s a ridiculous one like you can only find one out of two shoes! It feels as if you are losing all control of your own life and that in turn leads you to thinking that you are going completely and utterly insane.

Looking at it from the outside, this condition can almost seem comical but from the inside, it is a big black hole that is so hard to get out of, you never think you are actually going to.

If you think that you may have one of these disorders then you need to seek medical attention and fast! These are conditions that won’t go away if you ignore them for long enough, and there isn’t a way that you can use self-help methods when you don’t know which of the conditions that you have. Even if it feels as if it is the hardest thing in the world to do, pick up the phone and call the doctor – you are not alone, you don’t have to go through this alone and there are ways that you can be helped.

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