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Anxiety Disorders: Causes, Types, Signs, Relief and Treatment

Anxiety Disorders Anxiety is a good thing when we are in a threatening or dangerous situation because it helps us respond appropriately. Other times anxiety can be a problem when it happens for no reason and is caused by irrational fears that just won't go away. People who have these irrational fears and a lot of anxiety for no reason have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are triggered or caused by many different things depending on the person. The causes of an anxiety disorder need to be discovered so the right treatment can be recommended. Anxiety disorder is a general term that describes fears that are irrational or not based on fact. There are many types of anxiety disorders, including panic attacks , obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety , and different phobias . Some people experience these feelings so severely that it interferes with their ability to cope with daily life. It's not uncommon for people to suffer from more than one type of anxiety diso

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder General anxiety disorder (GAD) is described as a repeated unrealistic fear that is much more intense than what is considered normal daily anxiety. Generalized anxiety disorder is a relatively common problem, affecting nearly 1 in 20 people. Typically people who experience generalized anxiety disorder will be awash in all the “what ifs” in life that can hold them back from experiencing the good things in life. For people with generalized anxiety disorder it can feel like an endless cycle of worry and fear that only compounds itself by inaction which can cause more worry and fear. This anxiety and fear can lead to depression ultimately when people lose hope that their anxiety will ever be cured. As opposed to a regular panic attack , generalized anxiety won’t necessarily cause people to skip out on their favorite things in life. In fact, people with generalized anxiety don’t typically suffer from regular panic attacks that can be so debilitating

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder , more commonly known as  OCD , is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by way of persistent, undesired thought processes (obsessions) and/or repeating actions (compulsions). Recurring actions such as hand washing, counting numbers, checking things over, or cleaning are frequently carried out with the anticipation of avoiding compulsive thoughts or making them disappear altogether. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ,  OCD for short, is a mental condition that is linked with obsessive thoughts and behavior. Obsession, in this case, is highly unpleasant as the individual is compelled to repeat certain behavior again and again (such as washing their hands to avoid catching germs). This is to avoid their obsession turning into reality. The condition is anxiety-related and the thoughts are unwanted and intrusive. Sufferers often understand that these thoughts are irrational, but by performing compulsive behavior, they

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder Panic Attack A panic attack is a sudden or intense anxiety or fear. Panic attacks usually come with the following symptoms: dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, light headedness. Panic attacks are unpredictable and happen in a range of situations.    See also: Anxiety Attack Some people have only one or two in their lifetime, others will have a group of them which center around increasing stress in their life and for others it could be a daily event in which case it is caused a panic disorder. People who suffer on going panic attacks will generally develop a fear of having panic attacks and go on to avoid situations in which escape would be difficult. Some people who have social anxiety disorder often have panic attacks as part of their symptoms. These attacks are also called anxiety attacks and are usually resolved by removing the problem or trigger situation. If you do have panic attacks you may have feelings of: Sudden

Nocturnal Panic Attacks: When Do They Generally Occur and How to Treat Them

Nocturnal Panic Attacks (NPA) You wake up from a deep sleep in a state of high anxiety. As your heart races and your respiration quickens, you may be convinced you are having a heart attack. But while cardiac arrest shares similar symptoms with the physical aspects of a nocturnal panic attack, the similarities stop there. Although you may feel like you are dying, in reality, nocturnal panic attacks are not permanently harmful. In fact, nocturnal panic attacks are very similar to regular panic attacks – the only difference being, of course, that you are asleep when the panic is triggered . Nocturnal Panic Attacks  Symptoms Nocturnal panic attacks happen during the night when a person is asleep and they do not seem to have an independent cause or trigger. Usually the person will be awakened in a state of fear and anxiety. The symptoms are very similar to a panic attack that occurs during the daytime. They would include profuse sweating, trembling, a rapid heartbeat, heavy breathing, tr