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Stress Management

Anxiety is a typical stress response and can be helpful in some circumstances. It can warn the body about potential threats, activate the fight or flight response, and help you gather focus and energy for the challenge that triggered anxiety.

However, when a person suffers from anxiety disorders, there is excessive dread and anxiety as opposed to the typical emotions of apprehension and worry. Statistics show that over 275 million people suffer from anxiety disorders, making them the most prevalent of all mental diseases. Suffering from anxiety disorders might keep the person from achieving their true potential in their personal and professional lives. Read on to learn more about the different types of anxiety disorders.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Everyone reacts to stress differently. However, stress and fear sometimes become a persistent part of a person’s day and interfere with their daily life. This may clearly indicate that the person is dealing with an anxiety disorder. There are different types of anxiety disorders and separate treatment techniques for each of them. Here is information on some of the most prominent types of anxiety disorders.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Physical signs like agitation, tense mood, exhaustion, lack of focus, muscle stiffness, and even difficulties sleeping are common symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

The patient may frequently worry about routine issues like work obligations, family, or minor issues such as chores, appliance maintenance, or appointments. Such symptoms could hinder productivity, and if the symptoms persist for a while, it is best to seek medical care.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 

OCD is a condition that makes people dealing with it worry excessively about things beyond their control. People suffering from OCD may have a great deal of anxiety over cleanliness and a degree of mysophobia. Some folks will continuously feel compelled to check to see if particular objects remain in the exact location or count odd entities to satisfy an abnormal craving.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

After experiencing a startling, terrifying, or deadly incident, some people may be affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Fear is a normal emotion both during and after a terrible event. Fear causes the body to undergo several nanosecond modifications, which aid in defending against or avoiding danger.

The usual rush of adrenaline response is aimed at defending a person from danger. After trauma, almost everyone will have a variety of reactions, although the majority of individuals naturally get over the first symptoms. PTSD is usually identified in people who continue to have these issues after a period. These symptoms could last for months or years and affect daily functioning. Hence, it is crucial to seek appropriate therapy if you or a loved one suffers from PTSD symptoms.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

An individual with separation anxiety disorder suffers from intense worrying AND anxiety about being separated from the people they are attached to. The emotion remains for a prolonged period.

A person with a separation anxiety disorder could worry about losing their loved one. The person might hesitate to leave the house or refuse to spend the night apart from the loved one. They may also have recurring nightmares about being separated from their loved ones. Although physical signs of discomfort frequently appear in childhood, symptoms can persist throughout adulthood.

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is a form of anxiety disorder in which a person fears and avoids locations or circumstances that might make them feel confined, powerless, and ashamed. The person might dread a circumstance that is real or fictional. The list of issues that come with this disorder could range from taking the fear of taking public transit to standing in an enclosed area to being surrounded by a lot of people.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Most people find it common to experience anxiety in specific social settings. Feeling a little anxious when you’re presenting something at work or going on a date is expected. However, when a person has a social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, there is a constant worry about how other people will react in social situations. This leads to them feeling self-conscious and embarrassed.

When someone has a social anxiety disorder, their daily life may be disrupted by avoidance caused by dread and worry. Extreme stress may negatively impact relationships, jobs, and studies.

Although medication and other psychotherapy coping mechanisms might help build confidence and enhance social skills, a social anxiety disorder can be a persistent mental health problem.

Selective Mutism

Selective mutism is a type of anxiety disorder where people have trouble speaking or interacting in specific social situations. For instance, young children who have no problem interacting with their family members at home may have difficulty interacting with classmates. It’s vital to note that selective mutism is not the same as being shy. People suffering from this disorder face extreme discomfort speaking in specific social situations.

Phobias

A phobia is an excessive and unreasonable fear response. The person with a phobia could feel extreme dread or panic when coming in contact with the object of the fear. Any object, circumstance, or location could be the source of the dread. People dealing with these disorders go to great lengths to avoid confronting the object of their fear. This can interfere with their daily living quality and cause people to avoid activities and situations.

Identifying and understanding the type of anxiety disorder a person is dealing with is vital to choosing the right treatment option.

Contact our professionals at Pristine Mental Health to know more about anxiety disorders. We strive to offer individualized and holistic mental health care to all who need it. Visit our website to learn more. You can start by booking a screening call.