Anxiety is an undesirable state of apprehension that causes feelings of intense nervousness, worry and fear. These feelings affect the way the sufferers feel and behave and over a prolonged period of time. It can manifest into physical symptoms if left untreated. The symptoms can range from the very mild signs which would result in vague feelings of restlessness and escalate into a more serious condition that can leave its sufferers debilitated.
It is common to feel a certain level of apprehension and fear when facing an important event such as a test or an important job interview. These periodic occurrences are considered normal and totally expected. However, when these symptoms grew larger and stronger and escalate into serious condition that affects the sleep and normal daily functions then it is a cause for alarm.
Anxiety disorders can be classified into several different categories and each of these classes of anxiety disorder can be treated with different forms of treatment to address the symptoms and the root of the problem, let’s take a look at some of the most common types of anxiety disorder around.
Panic disorder is a common type of anxiety disorder that manifests itself as sudden, intense feelings of pains and fear which leads to shaking, trembling and dizziness. In severe cases, it can cause a person to lose consciousness. The attack can last for hours at a time or happen in short bouts of strong occurrence and dissipates away after a few minutes.
Phobias are irrational fears of a certain event, person or situation that has no basis in reality. For instance a person may be extremely terrified of a little spider which in fact, poses no real threat at all to the affected person. One may be experiencing extreme bouts of fear over irrational objects such as cats, public speaking, heights and even certain places. Even though one may be totally aware of the irrationality of such fears, it is impossible to overcome those intense feelings on their own without any kind of intervention by an expert.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder is caused by a fear of being in public places which can be caused by eerier experience life which lead to ridicule, harsh judgments and criticism from others around the affected person. Growing up in a severely judgmental family can also lead to this form of anxiety.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder is painful, repetitious thought that is both intrusive and annoying; it lingers on the fear of a person and pushes the sufferers to the extreme by performing meaningless, repetitious actions on order to combat the occurrence those fearful thought. A major portion of the society is affected by OCD in some way and the habits of extreme cleanliness are a good example of OCD manifesting itself in mild forms. In severe cases, it can totally debilitate a persona n cause him or her to malfunction.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a form of anxiety that occurs to a person who has been through a traumatizing event in their life. This can be caused by an accident, divorce, rape, kidnapping, or any other event that left a very profound effect on a person mind and emotion.