There are several types, or manifestations of Anxiety Disorders:
    * specific phobias, and * generalized anxiety disorder - also called"free-floating
       anxiety" (GAD).

    NOTE: "Free-floating" is misleading, though; everything is connected to some
    thing - in this case it simply means that the connection isn't yet clear.

    Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but all the symptoms involve
    excessive, irrational fear and dread. Use the Menu below to go to the specific
    one(s) you are interested in reading about.
    Commonly major depressive disorder/reaction and other anxiety "disorders accompany
    this disorder. Generally, the anxiety disorders are the most common, or frequently
    occurring, mental disorders. They consist of a group of conditions that share extreme
    or pathological anxiety as the main mood or emotional tone disturbance. Anxiety, which
    may be understood as the extreme form of   normal fear, consists of mood, thinking,
    behavior, and physiological activity disturbances.

    These include panic disorder (with and without a history of agoraphobia), agoraphobia
    (with and without a history of panic disorder), generalized anxiety disorder, specific
    phobia, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, acute stress disorder and post-
    traumatic stress disorder

    Klaas Tuinman
    Dawn Cove Abbey
    Deerfield, (Yarmouth County) Nova Scotia, Canada - 2008 rev: 2020
Anxiety and Anxiety "Disorders":
These are Reactions and
States of Being
They are not "disorders"

    Specific Phobia: this
    is an intense fear of
    something that poses
    little or no actual danger,
    such as closed-in places,
    heights, escalators,
    tunnels, highway driving,
    water, flying, dogs, and
    injuries involving blood.
    These phobias aren't just
    extreme fear; they are
    irrational fear of a
    particular thing.
The Anxiety "Disorders/Reactions" consist of a group of conditions that share extreme
or pathological anxiety as the main mood, or emotional tone disturbance. These may be
understood as the extreme form of normal fear, consisting of mood, thinking, behavior, and
physiological activity disturbances.
    Anxiety "Disorders"
    The anxiety reactions are the most common, or frequently occurring,
    mental/emotional debilitating states. While they affect millions of people age         
    18 years and older,  they now occur among much younger people, too -        
    including children.

    It results in fearfulness and uncertainty, and is characterized by having        
    recurring intrusive   thoughts or concerns ("worries"). Frequently, they will       
    avoid certain situations out of worry.
    This is mostly accompanied by such physical symptoms as sweating, trembling,
    dizziness and/or rapid heartbeat.

    Anxiety is a response or reaction to a threat, either real, or perceived,
    to our well-being; physical emotional, mental, and spiritual. As such,
    it too is a circumstantial (often temporary) variant in human behaviour.

    It can also arise due to threats to our cherished beliefs, and ideals: because
    of the emotional value we attach to them, any apparent threats or attacks
    upon them have greater  impact than some other stressful events. Because
    of this, when such threats arise, their impact seems to be much greater.
    Anxiety is an emotional state,

    * tension is the average individual's
    physical reaction to stress and anxiety,
    while stress is a temporarily induced
    psycho-physiological imbalance caused
    by an apparent threatening event (this is
    a single aspect of stress - see Stress)
    for a more complete description.

    The various forms of Anxiety all are
    emotional states.

    Most  of us have at one time or another
    been in situations where we were
    so emotionally aroused or upset that
    our ability to think simply disappeared.

    Example: someone "froze  at the wheel",
    in an automobile accident. "Freezing"
    or "getting  rattled" are just different
    descriptions of an extreme anxiety state
    that is the psychological equivalent to
    physiological shock (or PTSD).
    Anxiety can originate from lack of security, the need to be loved, and feelings of inferiority. It    
    is sometimes defined as a fear of reality; that it is an escape mechanism. It often involves
    alcohol or phobias. However, the more severe reactions are mostly due to frightening or

    Often, anxiety and the related reactions and behaviours are symptoms of a lack of self
    confidence in individuals; instilling or restoring self confidence usually eliminates many of     
    the problems. But the more severe ones are based on fear. See further below for other details.
    Clinically diagnosed anxiety is not just being a bit worried, you can't just "chill out a bit" or "get
    over it". It eats into your wellbeing, your confidence, your health and your life and it is 24/7.

    When someone cancels, or ducks out, or makes a “pathetic” excuse please understand that it   
    isn't personal, it isn't laziness, it isn't being rude. It's because they can't physically do it. When
    someone needs supporting/encouraging/ hand holding it isn't pathetic, it isn't attention-  
    seeking, it isn't childish - it's because they are desperate to beat it but can't do it alone.

    "Anxiety sucks, being isolated and believing your friends don't care, sucks even more”.

    Have you ever had a night out planned, or arranged coffee or a beer with friends, and         
    suddenly the 4 walls you inhabit seem the only safe haven because it's the only place you         
    don't have to pretend you are okay, so you cancel.
    Or when you are invited out you tell them how terribly sorry you are, but you've already       
    booked up that weekend, when you are actually just really busy holding it together in your        
    safe box.

    So the first problem starts, all by itself. People stop asking you and the isolation that at first   
    wasn't true becomes your only truth.

    do want to talk, they just don't know how to say it some days.

    And in work every passing comment is negative, you constantly do more to get over the feeling  
    you are not good enough. The exhaustion from not sleeping because you panic all night over  
    what you cannot influence, means you make mistakes, you live in a fog and it is a vicious circle.
Klaas Tuinman M.A.
Life Self-Empowerment Facilitation
at Dawn Cove Abbey
Comments and Questions are welcomed