What are the different types of anxiety disorders? Have you ever wondered? Let’s investigate!
When you are suffering from anxiety, it is quite common and very understandable to feel that you may have lost the plot somewhere and are going slightly bonkers … That’s merely because of the symptoms of the disorder. They have a tendency to make you feel like you’ve lost control and brings about many disturbing thoughts and feelings. Just always remember that YOU ARE NOT ALONE, anxiety disorders are extremely common and it is estimated that more than 10% of the world’s population is suffering from an anxiety disorder in some form or another during any given period of their life.
Anxiety disorders are diverse in the sense that some of them will have minimal impact on your life where others may be more severe and extreme and can cause quite a few episodes for you on a daily basis. Sometimes you will feel like you can’t even leave the house due to your severe emotional AND physical pain due to the strains anxiety puts on the body.
Here are 5 types of anxiety disorders for you to learn about.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Being the most common of anxiety disorders, GAD often makes one feel intense anxiety over things that would normally not cause a non-anxiety sufferer any distress or panic.
There were times when AnxietyPanda was sometimes worried to leave her cave to go to the panda-store to get her panda-products. What if a human tried to hunt me? Will the other pandas think my coat is looking dull today? Do I have enough bamboo that I’m willing to let go of and exchange for what I need? So many panda-worries! In reality, AnxietyPanda is fierce and strong and will probably win most fights, a panda always looks good and there is more than enough bamboo to go around for everyone! It’s like the anxiety puts AnxietyPanda into a different reality and has quite an impact on decision-making skills and memory too! So debilitating … BUT with the correct mindset and help, you CAN learn how to control the anxiety to a point where you will be able to lead, what others consider to be, a “normal” life without limitations or fears.
GAD often goes hand in hand with other disorders like Social Anxiety and depression.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
It’s all in the name. If you suffer from this disorder you have an irrational fear of social engagement and situations and it definitely has an effect on your personal, work and daily functions. The disorder can also lead to, or go hand in hand with, agoraphobia and/or depression.
AnxietyPanda is often too scared to even start a conversation with someone that she has been acquainted and friendly with for several months already. Even working in the fields every day causes intense fear for AnxietyPanda as she knows she has to converse with the other pandas in the field in order to get certain mandatory things done.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This leg of anxiety is caused by any form of physical or emotional trauma. It may also stem from being abused or even witnessing an act of violence. Many war soldiers, for example, may suffer from PTSD.
The sufferer experiences flashbacks of the terrible event which may last for a few months or even years.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is known as a disorder which causes you to perform a compulsive act in order to manage your fears.
The disorder is not only restricted to the fear of germs which results in someone washing their hands constantly. It’s also that little ritual that you have to perform every time you walk through a doorway because you are scared that if you don’t, negative energy will follow you through it. It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s just a coping mechanism that the OCD sufferer believes should be done in order to ensure their safety. Or, you could be having obsessive-compulsive negative thoughts directed towards yourself in the form of negative self-talk. There are many variations of this one!
AnxietyPanda Tip! Deal with negative self-talk by making yourself aware of it! Every time you catch yourself bashing yourself, stop and think if you would say something like this to a parent or your best friend. Then try to put a positive angle on the statement and rather say that to yourself. Eventually, it will become second nature 😉
Panic Disorder (PD)
A panic disorder is a wild fear that brings on panic attacks. Panic attacks feel almost like a combination of a heart attack and food poisoning. You experience chest pains, sweating, an upset tummy, feelings of wooziness and not being really here, trembling and difficulty breathing! Quite disturbing! This could happen as little as once every few months, to as much as numerous times in one day.
Sufferers can have one panic attack a month or several a day, it depends on the severity of the case.
Don’t Let Anxiety Control Your Life
Anxiety can make you feel helpless, alone and vulnerable, but ALWAYS remember – YOU ARE NOT ALONE and your anxieties are treatable. Seek therapy. Sometimes, you will have no option but to be treated with medication, but in most cases, you should be able to utilize the many natural healing treatments that are also available. They may take longer to show results, but they certainly work just as good, if not better, than modern medicine. Take back control of your life, don’t let anxiety make things difficult. If AnxietyPanda can do it, so can you!
Do you suffer from any of these disorders? Have you ever wondered what are the different types of anxiety?
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