Firstly, what is Anxiety?
A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
worry concern apprehension apprehensiveness consternation uneasiness unease fearfulness fear disquiet disquietude perturbation fretfulness agitation angst nervousness nerves edginess tension tenseness stress misgiving trepidation foreboding suspense butterflies (in one’s stomach) the willies the heebie-jeebies the jitters the shakes the jumps the yips collywobbles jitteriness jim-jams twitchiness the (screaming) abdabs Joe Blakes worriment.
Most people may suffer from one form of anxiety or another in their lifetime, whether it be personally in their home life or professionally at work.
There 6 different types of Anxiety:
- GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) – is the most common and extensive type of anxiety. Characteristically GAD sufferers have unyielding, indefinite worry about everyday things. People experiencing GAD expect the worst to happen, they believe this expectation to be true and then act upon this belief, by avoiding whatever aggravates the anxiety. Continuous worrying can affect every aspect of our lives.
- PANIC DISORDER – Terror attacks can be a part of a panic disorder. Terror attacks are a fear reaction to circumstances where no real danger occurs, except in the person’s mind.
- OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER – OCD is a very damaging anxiety disorder categorized by recurring, insistent thoughts, images, and impulses. It is marked by repetitive activities such as checking a certain number of times to make sure the front door is locked etc. Obsessive washing of hands is another common OCD.
- POST TRAUMATIC-STRESS DISORDER – Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that ascends after a frightening event that could have put your life in danger. It can arise from a physical ordeal or an emotional trauma. Today a ever-increasing amount of active servicemen/women and veterans of previous conflicts are being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Social Anxiety Disorder – is an irrational fear of public situations where unfamiliar people or unfamiliar situations are likely to be come upon. People who battle with social anxiety feel tremendously self-conscious and are often afraid in social situations. Socializing with new people and speaking in public can conjure enormous anxiety. Even thinking about it
can arouse extreme anxiety.
- PHOBIAS – A phobia is a powerful fear of something that really doesn’t pose a real or immediate danger. Common phobias include a fear of spiders (arachnophobia), snakes, needles and flying. The fear far exceeds the actual danger and people who struggle with this type of anxiety disorder often feel self-conscious, knowing that their
fear is disproportionate.
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