Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental illness – affecting over 18% of the adult population. Whilst it’s a condition that can often be easily treatable only a small percentage actually seek and receive treatment. The causes can be complex with risk factors such as genetics, personality, significant events in one’s life and brain chemistry all believed to have an effect. It is estimated that anxiety disorders affect more […] Read more »
General Anxiety And Panic
We all feel a little anxious from time to time. It's completely natural - especially when faced with something important to us or something outside our normal comfort zone. Things like a problem at work, the driving test, an important exam, that speech we have to make or the presentation or even before some sort of important decision.
But, all these things are just a temporary worry or concern. Anxiety disorders are more, much more, than this.
For those suffering with an anxiety disorder the fear is real and constant - it doesn't go away. In fact, it get's worse and worse as time goes on until eventually symptoms start to affect their relationships, normal daily activities and quality of life.
In this section we're not looking at the vast aray of different specific fears (you can find this in our section on Specific Fears) but the generalised anxieties.
These we've split into a number of different types: Generalised Anxiety, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, Child Anxiety, Panic And Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD as it’s better known as, is a common disorder that is characterized by chronic tension, nervousness, and worrying. Unlike phobias where your fears are attributed to a specific trigger, generalized anxiety disorder is more diffused. In simpler terms, GAD gives you a general feeling of unease or dread about everything in your life. The kind of anxiety you’ll get with GAD is way less intense […] Read more »
Social anxiety disorder occurs when an individual has excessive fears and unreasonable anxiety when involved in social situations. Also referred to by the name social phobia, this anxiety disorder is more than just the common uneasiness that one feels in front of people at certain times. The extreme self consciousness and the intense nervousness that develop in these individuals can cause them to avoid social situations that trigger these feelings. […] Read more »
Agoraphobia is defined as the fear of the outside or being in a kind of situation from which a person (who suffers the condition) believes it is difficult to escape or even find help to escape. Some examples of such situations include wide-open spaces and certain social situations like those that may be met with in airports, on public transport, in shopping malls and on bridges. It can also be […] Read more »
Child anxiety should not be taken lightly. It is recognised that children can often suffer from a higher level of anxiety than is normal and can become unduly stressed in today’s life. It has become so common that we see many children and adolescents falling victims to a variety mental health problem including anxiety disorders of different kinds. It is therefore imperative that children of today be equipped with enough […] Read more »
A panic attack, according to the ADAA, is “the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes and includes at least four of the following symptoms: a change in heart beat or rate, pain or discomfort in the central chest region, stomach discomfort or nausea, dizziness or feeling faint, shortness of breath, hyperventilation or choking sensation, uncontrollable shaking, sweating or chills, tingling or numbness, and […] Read more »
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric illness that is difficult to both understand and treat. It is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by uncontrolled repetitive and intrusive thoughts in the mind of the sufferer. As a result of such irrational thoughts, pictures, and impulses that occur over and over again, the person develops strangely compulsive behaviors. It starts of as an obtrusive thought. To make the obsessions disappear, […] Read more »
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or, as we better know it, PTSD is, in the words of the American Psychiatric Association, defined as “a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” Before it was fully understood it was what was called “shell shock” after the […] Read more »