Anxiety Disorders: What are They and do I have One?

Barbara10Broek By Barbara10Broek, 7th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This articles discusses various types of anxiety disorders.


There are a number of stressful medical conditions affecting Americans, but one of the broadest topics is anxiety disorders. Millions suffer from anxiety disorders to some degree or another, and the specific disorders vary greatly from person to person. Anxiety orders grow progressively worse without treatment, so if you think you may be suffering from one of these illnesses, see your doctor immediately.

Anxiety disorders can affect all people, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, or gender. The good news is that the medical treatment for these disorders is getting more and more influential every day. The key is to catch the anxiety disorder problem before it begins to ruin your life. A doctor can than help you treat your condition in order to help you regain or maintain in control of your life. It is absolutely crucial to see a doctor. Each anxiety disorder is different, and each specific disorder is different within each person experiencing it. If you truly want to do what is best for your body, see a doctor about anxiety disorders at the slightest inclination that something is wrong.

Panic Disorder

One of the most common kinds of anxiety disorders is panic disorder. This disorder is one in which the person has unexpected panic attacks repeatedly. These have a range of intensities and can be controlled with medical care and behavioral control. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is also very common. With this anxiety disorder, the sufferer had uncontrollable and unwanted urges to perform a certain task, such as brushing their hair a certain number of times.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

There are also types of anxiety disorders that do not have to do with genetic conditions. The most readily available examples of this are from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) victims. These anxiety disorder patients have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of an event that was extremely stressful, such as a car wreck or a military battle.


Phobia also fall under the category of anxiety disorders. People can fear a number of things, including small spaces (claustrophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), or any number of other things. Phobias are usually irrational and very intense and proximately to the feared item or being placed in the feared situation will usually cause a panic attack.

Generalize Anxiety Disorder

Many people suffering from an anxiety disorder are simply diagnosed with GAD, or Generalize Anxiety Disorder. GAD is a condition in which the person is experiencing anxiety and worry in levels higher than typical, but they are not having panic attacks or experiencing other medical conditions.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Jan 2011 (#)

This is information that everyone needs and will be able to use.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jan 2011 (#)

I agree Jerry, Good job Barbara. My husband gets panic attacks and when he does, it is so darn scary for us both.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you both, have been doing research on depression and related disorders. Interesting what people don't know in this area

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author avatar Greenfaol
21st Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent article, these are important topics that need to be discussed. Mental health is as important as physical health. Really good topic. Thanks for that :D

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