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Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Anxiety disorders are much more than infrequent stress.

Anxiety Disorder 3For those afflicted with an Anxiety Disorder, there is a constant and lingering fear in their mind that affects their everyday existence. Those who have an anxiety disorder can suffer from something as simple as trying to choose where to go to shop for groceries. In such a situation, they feel overwhelming and undeserved amounts of stress to make the correct decision.

Many of those afflicted with an anxiety disorder find ways to self medicate, be it with alcohol, illicit drugs, or medication. They attempt to find something to dull their senses, stopping them from frequently experiencing high levels of stress. Other individuals will avoid being treated for the disorder believing it will go away, but often face the reality that their situation is getting worse.

Because there are many types of anxiety disorders, it’s important to seek professional help in treating the issue. A professional can diagnose the correct disorder and craft the best treatment program for it, allowing the individual to better handle their situation, and live a less stressful life.

Anxiety Disorders Statistics

According to The National Institute of Mental Health, of psychological health disorders, anxiety disorders are the most frequently diagnosed. These disorders have been found to affect nearly eighteen percent of the nation. The cause for anxiety disorders has been attributed to the environment the individual grows up in, life situations they face, and genetics. Because there circumstances that cause the disorders are different between every individual, there is no way to predict who will suffer from an anxiety disorder.

For typical individuals it’s normal to feel anxiety every now and again. Certain overwhelming situations such as tight deadlines, major projects, and public speaking are known causes for anxiety. Unfortunately for the 40 million individuals that suffer from anxiety disorders, situations much less significant than the aforementioned situations can cause the exact same amount of stress. When daily activities can cause such an extraordinary amount of stress, it is almost a given fact that these individuals frequently struggle with daily life.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

In total there are five disorders that typically fall under the anxiety disorder umbrella. There are three main types of anxiety disorder: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorders, and Social Anxiety Disorder. Along with the three types of anxiety, there are two affiliated conditions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Generalized anxiety disorder

Those suffering from this disorders continually worry for no reason. To individuals afflicted with this disorder, every worry is a large worry. Their minds often exacerbate situations, causing small issues to seem like they will bring about dire consequences. An example of this could be an individual afflicted with this disorder forgetting to turn the T.V. off before heading to work. The individual will worry about the T.V. all day long. In instances they could end up believing that because they left a T.V. on their house will catch on fire, and they will return to smoldering ashes. This seems like a very unrealistic thought process, unfortunately this is what individuals afflicted with the disorder have to deal with.

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder is typically classified by an individual suffering from frequent panic attacks. Typically the panic attacks are so severe they impair the individual’s motor functions, and cause side effects such as sweating, hot flashes, cold flashes, accelerated heart-rate, and heavy breathing. When experiencing a panic attack individuals may feel as if they are dying or going into shock. Individuals suffering from Panic Disorder often fear having panic attacks, and attempt to avoid locations and situations involved with previous panic attacks.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety DIsorder is also referred to as social phobia. Those afflicted with Social Anxiety Disorder are often apprehensive in public situations. Often times they do not communicate with other people, even though they might want to. Those with Social Anxiety Disorder fear being judged by people, or having people make false assumptions about them. These individuals are often very cautious of their actions fearing that the whole world is watching them. Social Anxiety Disorder makes these individuals very insecure, and frequently embarrassed.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) causes individuals afflicted with it to experience fear and anxiety when procedures are perceived to be done incorrectly, and frequently feel the urge to the same action multiple times in a row. Those afflicted with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are also confronted with the urge to repeatedly check on the same thing, similar to an individual who double-checks to make sure a door is locked. The difference is a person with OCD will check many more times than one. The disorder falls under the Anxiety Disorder umbrella because anxiety is one of its major components. These individuals experience major anxiety if they are unable to continue with their compulsive rituals. Those who suffer from OCD also experience anxiety between the performance of their rituals. The rituals associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder control the lives of afflicted individuals and affects their relationships, work, and daily activities. Often their rituals are done as a preventive measures. Completion of a ritual typically only brings temporary stress relief, before having to be completed again.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] is another disorder related to anxiety disorders. Caused by a traumatic event, PTSD is usually latent for a while before a triggers begin to cause the individual to re-live the event. When triggered, the individual usually experiences flashbacks of the traumatic event, causing them to experience massive levels of stress, as if they were going through the experience all over again.

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