Have you experienced a traumatic event in your life such as a death of a loved one? Are you easily stressed by day to day activities in your life where you find yourself worrying constantly? Do you often experience panic attacks or avoid social situations because you experience discomfort?
Anxiety is part of the body’s natural reaction to stress. Having a feeling of occasional nerves is common, but if anxiety interferes with your daily life you may have developed an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is the most common mental disorders. An estimated 15% of people will develop an anxiety disorder during their lifetime. While 60% of those people are women, anxiety is often caused by a traumatic event or experience faced. Anxiety can also be genetic.
There are 6 types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Experience worries that interfere with daily activities
- Panic disorder: Recurrent panic attacks
- Phobias: Excessive and persistent fears of a specific object or activity that isn’t usually harmful
- Social anxiety disorder: experience extreme discomfort with social interactions, often leading to avoid social situations
- Separation anxiety disorder: an excessive fear of being separated from another person
- Post -traumatic stress disorder: involves persistent anxiety or fear following a traumatic or life-threatening event.
There are a number of treatments for anxiety disorders, most people with anxiety disorders can experience great improvement with the help of professional care. Anxiety disorder treatments work differently for every person.