anxiety

Anxiety Disorders

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 »

Anxiety

Dealing With Generalized Anxiety 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 phobia

Social Phobia

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

Agoraphobia

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, shopping malls and on bridges. Generally, onset of the phobia occurs between 20 […] Read more »

child anxiety

Child Anxiety

When it comes to child anxiety, it should be 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 many a mental health problem including anxiety disorders of different kinds. It is therefore imperative that children of today be equipped with enough skills that will […] Read more »

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are known to occur all of a sudden and often without warning. A panic attack typically instils feelings of intense fear and apprehension in the absence of any danger whatsoever. It also contributes to further anxiety. Panic attacks have many variations and symptoms are known to peak within about ten minutes of the occurrence of the attack. Panic attacks are common and usually occur in individuals aged between […] Read more »

OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD

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 »