Today, many people face acute anxiety. And, with this said, many people have found significant relief and have even been cured of their anxiety. So, in all cases, there is hope.This article provides an overview of the 5 different types of anxiety disorders. If you believe you are suffering from anxiety, maybe you will be able to identify which type of anxiety you may be suffering from (this article is in no way a substitute for professional care.)
In the realm of human emotional and physical conditions, there are various life problems which detract from our well-being. Anxiety is one such condition.
The problem of anxiety is often related to the issue of fear and control. In general, our ingrained flight or fight response gets put into high gear, and no longer functions properly. The result is anxiety.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are 5 types of anxiety disorders which are based on physical and emotional symptoms. Adam Lukeman LMSW, a therapist in NY says, "each type of anxiety disorder have their respective characteristics which often can benefit from specialized treatments approaches. There are overlapping similarities when it comes to anxiety. However, if you suffer from panic attacks you are experiencing an intensity of feelings, thoughts and sensations which are different from somebody who, for example, has generalized anxiety disorder. If an individual thinks they may be suffering from anxiety, a general overview of the types of anxiety and their symptoms can be helpful."
1. One of the common type of anxiety disorder is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) which is the most common type. It is often experienced by an individual as a constant, chronic state worrying.
2. Phobias are another type of anxiety. Here a specific situation causes fear, even terror. For example, the fear of enclosed spaces in called claustrophobia.
3. Another type of anxiety disorder is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is largely associated with an individual experiencing a certain traumatic event, such as a life threatening situation. The aftermath of the event can bring upon flashbacks, nightmares of the event, as well as avoidance of any stimuli which reminds an individual of what took place.
4. Panic attacks are another form of anxiety. Panic attacks are largely characterized by sudden panic and feelings of dread. Often, an individuals feels as though the may be experiencing a heart attack. Trembling, shaking, sweating and feeling as though one is going crazy are all possible symptoms of a panic attack.
5. Finally, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is also considered an anxiety disorder. The major symptoms of OCD include an individual experiencing intrusive and unwanted thoughts, sometimes of a sexual or aggressive nature. In order to try and avoid, or negate such thoughts (either consciously or unconsciously) a person then begins to engage in rituals (compulsions) which are repeated behaviors such, as is a common example, of washing one's hands over and over again.
The above explanations are broad strokes which outline the types of anxiety disorders. To learn more, I recommend you visit some government website's like the National Institute for Mental Health, which provides extensive free and highly reliable information. The American Psychological Association in another good source of information.
If you are suffering from anxiety be assured that you are not alone, and that there are many treatments which are very effective is alleviating and/or eliminating the anxiety you are experiencing.
New York Dynamic Psychology