Do you often feel fearful, worried or nervous for no reason? If you do, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder that affects more than 18 percent of the entire population of the United States. I personally know of some people who have manifested these symptoms, though I am not sure if they were already diagnosed with their condition.
It is normal to be anxious for a reason. I normally feel anxious whenever I encounter something new or challenging, whether it is related to work, people or places. But there is an invisible line between what is normal and what can be considered as an anxiety disorder. If there is justification to the worry or fear, it is considered to be normal. However, if the worry or fear is due to unknown reasons and these symptoms already interfere with the person’s normal functions or ability to sleep, it may be already a sign of a disorder. It can also be a disorder when the reaction is beyond what is generally accepted under a particular situation.
Anxiety disorder is a collective term for disorders with symptoms that include unjustifiable fear, nervousness, worrying and apprehension. In some cases, the sufferer also experiences anxiety chest pain among other symptoms.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD is anxiety disorder characterized by long-lasting and excessive worrying about non-specific objects, events and situations such as those that involve work or school, family, money and health. Generally, sufferers are unable to identify the specific cause of their worry and they have trouble controlling such emotion to the point that it already affects their daily lives.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
This type of anxiety disorder causes a person to have intrusive, repetitive and distressing thoughts or actions. Most notable symptom of this disorder is when a person obsessively cleans his or her hands or other personal items or constantly checks on light switches or locks.
A person who experiences a sudden or intense terror or apprehension resulting to confusion, shaking, nausea, dizziness, and breathing difficulty may be suffering from a panic anxiety disorder. Panic attacks may be spontaneous or they may be a result of prolonged stress or a frightening experience. Furthermore, sufferers normally expect future panic attacks, causing them to make drastic changes in behavior to avoid the attacks.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Those involved in military service are more prone to PTSD. It is also common among those who were victims of serious accidents or crimes, including hostage situations and rape. PTSD sufferers often experience flashbacks of past events, causing them to make behavioral changes.
Social Anxiety Disorder
This type of anxiety disorder is characterized by fear of being embarrassed or judged negatively by the public. Because of this disorder, some people avoid being in a public situation and in some cases, contact with new people, which in turn causes them to live an abnormal life.
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Many people feel secure or safe when they are with someone or they are in a certain place. This is just normal. What is abnormal is when a person displays an inappropriately high level of anxiety when separated from things that give them security and safety.
Anxiety disorders can be controlled by supplements for anxiety and various treatment options. However, what most sufferers need most is our understanding. We can only understand them if we have enough knowledge about this kind of disorder. Reading this article as well as other online resources can help you gain more knowledge and understanding about anxiety disorders among some people.