Anyone who lives with anxiety, no matter the severity, knows first hand just how difficult it can make life – racing thoughts, constant worry, and an overwhelming sense of dread.
Though it’s possible to experience anxiety from a single situation, it is usually a symptom accompanying any of these four anxiety disorders:
Those disorders are:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Specific Phobias
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Despite the fact these disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in the country, only 1/3 of those suffering seek help. This can be a direct result of several factors, including the stigmatization of mental illness, a busy schedule, lack of motivation, or lack of funds.
A phobia generally refers to an unreasonable and overwhelming fear of a situation or an object which provokes avoidance and anxiety, but poses little real danger. Unlike the common brief anxieties people feel, phobias are long lasting and potentially cause intense psychological and physical reactions, which affect your ability to operate normally either at work or within social contexts.
Each year over 4 million adult Americans suffer Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is a condition characterized by exaggerated and excessive anxiety over day-to-day events, which can begin in childhood, adolescence, or even adulthood.
Statistics show women being more vulnerable to GAD than men.
A majority of patients with generalized anxiety disorder symptoms have an inward tendency to anticipate disaster and constantly worry over finances, health, school, work, family, and much more.
As time goes by and the condition worsens, the unrealistic thoughts and baseless worries experienced by these patients dominate their thoughts and literally hijack their lives. This interferes with their normal functioning including school, work, and relationships.
Panic disorder, as a condition, most often begins in late adolescence and early adulthood. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the condition affects close to 2.4 million adult Americans, which translates to 1.1 percent of the entire population.
Panic disorder strikes without reason or warning, and the affected person expresses disproportionate fear response for non-threatening situations. The rate of this disorder in women is twice as in men.
The reason why victims need help for panic disorder is because over time, these people develop a constant and spiraling fear of going through another attack. This can potentially affect their quality of life and daily functioning.