|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
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Reactions and States
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.
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.
* 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.