There are a number of different anxiety disorders that psychologists and mental health professionals have identified over the years. Some of the most common forms of anxiety are listed below:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) display excessive anxiety or worry, most days for at least six months, about a number of things.” In the case of GAD, worries can center around work, health, family, interactions with others, money, and more. Due to the widespread nature of this excessive worry, people with GAD often experience anxiety when they are simply trying to get through the day.
Because it causes worry to pervade almost all facets of life, GAD can lead to some symptoms and side-effects you may not commonly associate with anxiety. A few of these symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep difficulties
- Muscle tension
When combined with genetic or environmental factors, the stress of daily life can compound and lead to an anxiety disorder such as GAD, which can affect the entire body.
Anxiety can also cause panic attacks. Panic attacks are brief periods of extreme fear, and they can be mistaken for heart attacks due to the nature of the symptoms they cause (such as heart palpitations, sweating, and trembling). Those who frequently suffer from panic attacks are usually diagnosed with panic disorder, which is another common why anxiety rears its head. When someone experiences a panic attack, they often feel ready to do whatever they can to avoid that feeling again, which is how mental health counselors could assist them.
Whether you suffer from one or not, you have probably heard of the most common phobias. People who experience phobias have intense feelings of fear or dread about specific objects or circumstances such as spiders, blood, or heights. Phobias are a form of anxiety that can often be overcome or managed with the help of a mental health professional.
As the name implies, social anxiety involves excessive fear or worry regarding social situations. There are a wide range of social situations that can cause fear and worry, some of which include:
- Speaking in front of others
- Interacting with strangers
- Starting conversations
- Going to work
At Citron Hennessey, we take pride in staying at the forefront of research on social anxiety so that we can help you develop the tools you need to overcome this condition.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Another common form of anxiety is post-traumatic stress disorder. You might be under the impression that this is a condition limited to veterans or people who have seen combat, but the truth is that a variety of situations can lead to PTSD. Symptoms can include flashbacks, irritability, and fear.