There are several types, or manifestations of Anxiety Disorders:
* specific phobias, and * generalized anxiety disorder - also called"free-floating
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
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|Anxiety and Anxiety "Disorders":
These are Reactions and States of Being
They are not "disorders"
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Specific Phobia: this
is an intense fear of
something that poses
little or no actual danger,
such as closed-in places,
tunnels, highway driving,
water, flying, dogs, and
injuries involving blood.
These phobias aren't just
extreme fear; they are
irrational fear of a
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.
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 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 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
traumatic events from the past whose memories keep reappearing
as if it were happening again.
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.
Anxiety, a manner of speaking, can be understood as a special
coping strategy that doesn't work well.
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 are
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.