Anxiety Disorder Categories and Symptoms
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Anxiety Disorder Categories and Symptoms

There are many different types of anxiety disorders, and general anxiety disorder symptoms may be present in them all. These symptoms include; rapid heartbeat (heart palpitations), excessive trembling and sweating, nausea and dizziness, chest pains and headaches, weakness in the limbs and muscle tension. However, there are also additional symptoms which may be experienced for specific anxiety disorders.

There are many different types of anxiety disorders, and general anxiety disorder symptoms may be present in them all. These symptoms include; rapid heartbeat (heart palpitations), excessive trembling and sweating, nausea and dizziness, chest pains and headaches, weakness in the limbs and muscle tension. However, there are also additional symptoms which may be experienced for specific anxiety disorders.

According to recent findings, psychologists list 7 categories of anxiety disorders, each with a range of symptoms. The 7 categories are; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). Listed below is a condensed version of many of the symptoms most commonly associated with each of these anxiety disorders.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • Perpetual restlessness.
  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue).
  • Concentration problems and absentmindedness.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Persistent muscle tension
  • Feelings of being without control
  • Obsessive overly negative thoughts (Disaster Thinking).

Social Phobia

  • Fearful around unfamiliar people and situations.
  • Obsessed with being observed or judged by strangers.
  • Feeling overwhelmed in any social situation.
  • Severe fear of public speaking.
  • Anxious about even the idea of social situations.
  • Intense difficulty in meeting new people.

Panic Disorder

  • Rapid heartbeat (heart palpitations).
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Numbness or weakness in the body.
  • Feelings of being ‘outside’ of yourself.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Light-headedness or dizziness.
  • Chest or stomach pain.
  • Digestive discomfort or problems.
  • Feelings of ‘doom’ and / or, imminent death.
  • Severe anxiety, especially regarding health.
  • Feelings of helplessness.

Agoraphobia

  • Obsessive fear of socialising with groups of people, known or unknown.
  • Severe stress or anxiety whenever you're away from your home or in an environment where you don’t feel, in control.
  • Feelings of tension and stress even while performing regular activities.
  • Preoccupation with being prepared to protect yourself, even without justification.  
  • Discovering that your fears are keeping you a prisoner.

Phobias

  • Excessive, constant fear of a specific situation or event.
  • Instant feeling of terror when confronted with the subject of your phobia.
  • Inability to control your fears, even though you know they're irrational.
  • Going to great lengths to avoid the situation or object that causes you fear.
  • Experiencing restrictions to your normal routine as a result of the fear.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Characterised by:-

  • Reliving the trauma which manifested the anxiety.
  • Responding to triggers associated with the anxiety.
  • Anxiety over the recurrence of the event which instigated the anxiety.
  • Emotional troubles connected with the way of thinking, concerning love.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD)

Characterised by:-

  • Obsessions (thought based). Usually a negative or fearful thought.
  • Compulsions (behaviour based). Often performed in a very specific way.

Millions of people worldwide suffer needlessly from anxiety disorders. Help is available in many different places, and seeking professional help is the first step to an accurate diagnosis, treatment, recovery and an anxiety-free life.

Sources:

Calm Clinic: http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/types

BootsWebMD: http://www.webmd.boots.com/anxiety-panic/guide/anxiety-panic-guide-symptoms-types

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