What are Anxiety Disorders?

Posted on Sep 16 2013 - 9:29am by Admin

Individuals with an anxiety disorder can experience psychological or physical symptoms, or both

Psychological Symptoms

 

People with an anxiety disorder are six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than non-sufferers The mean age of onset of Anxiety disorders is a strikingly young age of 11 years old. The lifetime prevalence of developing an anxiety disorder is an astonishingly high 28.8%,Overall , anxiety disorders are associated with a 3 fold increased risk for suicide attempts

Anxiety Disorders are Frequently Comorbid   With Other Disorders…..

 

59.2% of all patients with major depression had an anxiety disorder. Over four of ten individuals with bipolar  I and II disorder have a diagnosable anxiety disorder. In people who had a co existing medical condition such as hypertension, diabetes and arthritis…..In people who have a heart attack, the presence of high anxiety increases the risk of reinfarction , ischemia, arrhythmia and even death. Anxiety disorders are found to exist at much higher rates in people with the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Dieses
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Back and neck pain

 

  • There are Several Types of Anxiety Disorders:

 

  1. 1.       Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Excessive, unrealistic  worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.

  1. 2.       Panic Disorder

Feelings   of  terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Sweating, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like he or she is having a heart attack or going crazy

  1. 3.       Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Constant  thoughts or fears that cause them to perform certain rituals or routines.  For example: someone with unreasonable fear of germs who constantly washes their hands

  1. 4.       Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Can develop following a traumatic or terrifying traumatic or terrifying event (like war or assault) people experience lasting and frightenning thoughts and memories of event and tend to be emotionally numb

  1. 5.       Social Anxiety Disorder

Overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule

  1. 6.       Specific Phobias

A specific phobia is an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as spiders, heights or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause the person to avoid common everyday situations.

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