Imagine for a moment how much more enjoyable and productive life might be in the absence of such overwhelming anxiety.
Sick of anxiety keeping you ALONE AND AFRAID? It doesn’t have to be this way. Worry and fear are a normal part of life. Our biology programs us to regulate our responses to threats or crises. However, intense and persistent anxiety about everyday situations is a sign of something more serious.
STRUGGLING WITH ANXIETY?
Anxiety disorders affect over 40 million Americans, interfering with daily activities. Many of these disorders involve panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of intense terror that peak quickly.
ANXIETY DISORDER SYMPTOMS
Experiencing anxiety for a short period, such as before a big exam or a major event, doesn’t necessarily mean you have an anxiety disorder. You must be symptomatic for a minimum of six months. The following are common anxiety disorder symptoms:
- A sense of danger or panic • Increased heart rate
- Feeling nervous or powerless
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Feeling tired
- Difficulty concentrating
TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS
There are several types of anxiety disorders and each person experiences the disorder somewhat differently. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) classifies the most common forms of anxiety disorders as follows:
- Separation Anxiety Disorder occurs when a child feels extreme anxiety due to a parent’s absence.
- Social Anxiety Disorder describes someone feeling intense anxiety in social situations. These emotions are triggered by fear of embarrassment or self-consciousness about how others view them.
- Panic Disorder involves experiencing repeated instances of intense terror, resulting in panic attacks.