Are you constantly worrying about something? Have you tried to stop worrying but can't? Does that get in the way of your everyday living?
You may be suffering from Anxiety, and you have plenty of company. An estimated 18% of the population of the United States experience some type of Anxiety.
Here are the most common types of Anxiety Disorders:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Involves unrealistic and excessive worry with no apparent reason;
Social Anxiety Disorder- Feeling overwhelmed and self-conscious about social situations. Worry about being judged and criticized by others or behaving in an embarrassing way.
Specific Phobias- Strong fear of a specific animal, situation, object, such as snakes, flying, heights.
Panic Disorder -Terror strikes "out of the blue". Symptoms include sweating, hyperventilating, heart palpitations, feeling of choking, feeling faint. People compare this experience to having a heart attack.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - The presence of irrational, disturbing thoughts followed by compulsive behaviors or rituals that serve to gain temporary relief from those thoughts. People will spend hours of their day performing those rituals over and over again, which impacts their daily functioning.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - People develop PTSD after experiencing a traumatic, terrifying event, such as war, natural disaster, physical/sexual abuse. They have constant flashbacks of that event, memories and/or nightmares, which cause the re-experiencing of the trauma.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)- The compulsive thought that there is something very wrong with one's appearance, to the point hiding from others. Symptoms of BDD include constant preoccupation with one's appearance, strong belief that one is ugly, excessive grooming, skin picking, frequent cosmetic procedures with no satisfaction, excessive use of make up to "hide" physical flaw, etc.
Successful treatment modalities for Anxiety Disorders include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Medication
For more information on Anxiety Disorders, please visit Anxiety and Depression Association of America.