5 Types of Anxiety Disorders

Have you ever felt apprehensive? This usually happens when we are placed in a stressful situation. Feeling nervous or anxious in response to stress is normal; the feeling usually comes and goes. However, if the anxiety makes you fearful all the time, to the extent that you can no longer function like you normally did, you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Prevalence of Anxiety 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million individuals 18 years old and older suffer from some form of an anxiety disorder.  In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.The condition is highly treatable, but only 36.9% actually receive professional help.

5 Types of Anxiety Disorders 

Anxiety disorders actually fall under the umbrella of different kinds of emotional conditions. Experts in anxiety treatment in Palm Beach County believe that if you have anxiety, you could also be suffering from depression, or vice versa. 

To better determine the types of anxiety disorders, experts have categorized anxiety-related conditions into five groups:

1. General anxiety disorder (GAD)

When you feel excessively worrisome and unrealistically fearful for your loved ones, some life events, or the state of your relationships, health, finances, and work, then you may have a general anxiety disorder. This condition affects at least 3.1% of the population and may be more common in women than men.

2. Panic disorder

When you start to sweat and your heart palpitates due to anxiety, you may be experiencing a panic disorder. In some cases, the anxiety can be so overwhelming that you might feel like you’re having a heart attack.

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3. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This type of anxiety develops following a traumatic event, such as abuse, an accident, being taken hostage, experiencing war or a natural disaster. PTSD can make a person easily startled and mentally troubled as a result of triggers.

4. Social anxiety disorder (SAD)

If being around people easily agitates you and if making eye contact or talking to another person makes you extremely uncomfortable, you could have a social anxiety disorder or social phobia. You may also develop an unreasonable fear of being embarrassed in public. According to ADAA, at least 36% of people with SAD live with their condition for many years despite the tortuous symptoms before finally seeking help.

5. Social phobias

This type of anxiety manifests in odd behaviors, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the fear of flying, or the fear of being confined in a tight space. So, you should try, as much as you can, to avoid certain situations to prevent triggering your anxiety. 

Because having an anxiety disorder can disrupt your social life and stop you from doing things you enjoy, patients are encouraged to seek medical treatments designed to help them manage their condition.

Learn more about anxiety treatment in Palm Beach Gardens

Living with your anxiety disorder can be tough. With the help of your doctor, family and friends, and your own willpower, you have a great chance of coping with your symptoms.

At Allay Health and Wellness Anxiety Treatment Center in Palm Beach Gardens, we offer the opportunity for individuals to begin the journey to a better quality of life. Most of us are unable to articulate the reasons why we do the things that we do. We are forever perplexed as to why we cannot find happiness, or achieve lasting peace of mind. At Allay, we are now able to help patients connect the dots as to what is happening in their turbulent subconscious. 

If you would like more information about anxiety treatment in Palm Beach County, do not hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment. You can also call us at (561) 421-6444.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.