The major categories of Anxiety Disorders:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
This involves a pattern of frequent anxious feelings or and worry over regular daily activities or life events. Sufferers can experience severe feelings of worry and tention even over minor concerns. GAD can leave a person with a sense of constant dread with no obvious or tangible issue at hand. It can undermine their ability to focus on day-to-day matters as they may use considerable energy anticipating disaster. Chronic anxious feelings can result in physical discomfort, fatigue and diminished health as stress takes it toll on the physical body as well.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Excessive, unwanted thoughts or obsessions accompanied by compulsive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety typify OCD. Even when the sufferers recognize these thoughts and compulsions as irrational they are often unable to stop them from occurring or for performing anxiety reducing rituals. When thoughts about stepping on cracks, organizing our furniture or plates into precise patterns or turning off the oven become excessive it is time to seek out a professional evaluation to determine what the source is and how to manage these symptoms.
- Panic Disorder
A Panic Attack can leave the individual experiencing extreme physical symptoms such as chest pain, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, severe sweating and the fear of dying. It is not unusual for an individual experiencing their first Panic Attack to seek physical care in an emergency department only to learn that there is no physical evidence of a heart attack or other cardiac event. Often sufferers fear that they will experience another event and begin to control their behaviors to avoid any stressful circumstances or events. Individuals can feel unable to engage in work, studies or any unique circumstances or people resulting in a very restricted life. Panic is very responsive to appropriate treatment. Clinicians skilled in trauma therapy are often quite competent in addressing symptoms of panic disorder. The Therapists at TraumaLine1 may be ready to assist you in managing your symptoms of Panic.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Occurs as a result of exposure to an event that leaves the individual feeling that they were at risk of serious injury, illness, or death (or the injury, illness or death of a loved one or known associate). After exposure to a life-threatening incident there is a period of adjustment in which the person may feel extreme feelings of stress but these feelings to not last long than one month. In these cases they may find that their symptoms fully resolve. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and those who suffer with PTSD may experience an event that results in severe symptoms of anxiety over a long period of time. For more information see the FAQ sections on Trauma.
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
Social Anxiety is a debilitating disorder that can result in extreme social discomfort, withdrawal and a sense of self-consciousness and self-judgement. Sufferers usually experience low self-esteem and an overwhelming feeling of discomfort in social settings. This makes work, education, social events and settings where others gather very overwhelming. Some people may avoid all social settings to minimize their discomfort. Seeking counseling services can make the difference between a extremely limited life and one that allows for greater comfort and engagement in meaningful activities as well as a greater sense of ease.
- Specific Phobias
Intense, irration fears of specific circumstances or objects (i.e., heights, planes, enclosed places, spiders, germs, etc.) is a warning sign of a Specific Phobia. It becomes a problem with fears that are so excessive that individuals go to great lengths to avoid the fear provoking object or circumstance. Receiving appropriate and timely care can mean the difference to sufferers as approaches for treatment are often well received.