According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), nearly 40 million adults in the United States experience anxiety disorders – although highly treatable, reports show that only 36.9% of individuals actually seek treatment. Anxiety disorders can significantly affect a person’s daily life, including their school, work, family life, social encounters and friendships, finances, and more. If you have an anxiety disorder, you may experience anything from obsessions and compulsions to fear of being around others. There are many different causes that can lead to the development of an anxiety disorder, including genetics and biological factors (family genes, personality, chemical changes in the brain, etc.), environmental factors (stress, traumatic life events, etc.), and more.
There are several diverse types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – chronic anxiety and intense worry and tension, even when there are no plausible reasons for this to occur.
- Social anxiety – overwhelming anxiety in daily situations; a person with this disorder may fear speaking, eating, or drinking in front of others, or may even feel intense anxiety just around people in general.
- Phobias – intense and dreaded fear of running into something that severely scares a person; could be a person, place, thing, situation, etc.
- Panic disorder – often is the fear of experiencing more panic attacks, including heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, etc. In turn, this can sometimes perpetuate the very fear the individual is trying to avoid.
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) – recurring thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (rituals), often done to provide “temporary relief”, although many times this often increases anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – anxiety that develops after being exposed to a traumatic event; this could include flashbacks, nightmares, paranoia, hallucinations, agitation, depression, and more.
Despite the fact that many people do not seek help, anxiety disorders are 100% treatable. Most disorder treatment involves medication and psychotherapy, often at the individual and group settings. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about customizable treatment options to best suit your needs. Recovery is possible.
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