When giving a speech in front of a huge crowd or even playing in a championship game and you start to get that anxious feeling. Well, that happens to everybody. If this seem to happen to you regularly you would get diagnose with anxiety disorder. Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling of fear and apprehension. There are five types of anxiety disorder and they are Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Panic Disorder.
Anxiety affects age groups starting with childhood. The symptoms of having it is dizziness, dry mouth, shortening of breaths, nightmares, sleeping problem, not able to contrite or stay calm, panic, fear and uneasiness amongst others. Normally, most people that have this disorder have a hard time with their normal life routine. The best way to help the symptoms is seeking professional counseling. Don’t think of anxiety has being a bad thing. There are actually some good advantages of it.
Anxiety can help you stay alert and focused, spur you to action, and motivate you to serve problems. It doesn’t look the same on every person because there are so many types. One person might suffer with intense anxiety attacks that happen without a warning and another person might get panicky by just socializing with other people. Anxiety is more than just a feeling because the body has a hard time of fighting this disorder. Some people might mistake it as a mental illness.
A theory says that anxiety is cause by chemical imbalance in the brain from a build-up of stress, alcohol, or genetically from parents. Medications are used to restore the chemical imbalance that leads to the symptoms, but does not mean it treats the cause of it. Sigmund Freud suggested that anxiety results from internal, unconscious conflicts. He believed that a person’s mind’s repressed wishes and fantasies about which the person feels uncomfortable. From my own point of view I also think it’s all about the mind thing.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things. People with this disorder worry about things that doesn’t have any concern. They pick the simplest things to worry about. It diagnosed when a person finds it difficult to control worry on more days than not for at least six months. This disorder affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1 percent of the United States population, in any given year.
Phobia is an excessive and irrational fear reaction. When having this disorder you experience a deep sense of dread or panic when encounter a source fear. For example, certain places, situations, or object can bring fear. Phobia can more has a disability over a period of time.
Dealing with this disorder can interfere with your work, school, and personal relationships. An estimated of 19 million Americans phobia that causes difficulty in some area of their lives. If your fear keeps you from enjoying life you should seek professional help.
Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder is develops in some people who have seen or lived through a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is very normal to feel scared after something traumatic has happen.
Fear triggers something in body that helps defend against danger or to avoid it. This response is called the ‘’fight-or-flight’’ it gives a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Everyone has experience something scary but everyone recovers from the symptoms naturally. Symptoms usually starts to begin within three months after a traumatic indecent happens. Your symptoms must last more than a month to be considered as PTSD.
Obsessive- compulsive disorder is unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). You can only have obsessions and compulsions to be OCD. By having OCD you might try to ignore the sign or even try to it but that only brings on distress and anxiety. OCD really involves around things like having the fear of getting contaminated by germs. To ease your mind about it you might your hands until they are sore and chapped. Even though you might continue to try to ignore or get rid of it the urge will keep coming back. This will lead to more signs and symptoms.
Panic Disorder is diagnosed in people who experience spontaneous seemingly out-of-the-blue panic attacks and are preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. Panic attacks occur unexpectedly or even in your sleep. Six million American adults have panic disorder in a given year. Women are more likely to have panic disorder than men. Some people don’t understand how their disorder is. They might feel afraid or embarrassed to tell someone but they rather suffer in silence, distance themselves from friends, family, and others who could be helpful or supportive.
The disorder often occurs with other mental and physical disorder, including other anxiety disorders, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, or substance abuse.
Researchers can’t really say where anxiety comes from but what they do know is that they stem from a combination of things, including changes in your brain and environmental stress, and even your genes. Anxiety can run in families and could be linked to faulty circuits in the brain that control fear and other emotions. If you witness ant symptoms of anxiety your doctor will examine you and ask for your medical history. He or she might run test to figure out what’s going on but no lab test can specially diagnose anxiety. If your doctor can’t find out what mental wrong with you than you should seek a psychologist.