posted by The Live Better Team | October 1, 2019
Each disorder is different, and with each comes different signs, symptoms and appropriate treatments.
Generalized anxiety is characterized by feelings of excessive anxiety or worry about general things such as personal health, work, social interactions and everyday life. GAD can cause issues for those who suffer from this disorder in work, school and other social situations. Symptoms include:
OCD has two components. The first is obsession, which describes uncontrollable and recurring thoughts. The second component is compulsion, which is an urge to repeat certain behaviors over and over. Examples of obsessive-compulsive behavior include:
Panic disorder causes recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. These attacks are short periods of intense fear that peak within minutes. Panic attacks can occur randomly or be brought on by a trigger, such as a certain object or situation. During an attack, people may experience:
PTSD is a disorder that can develop in people who have experienced something shocking, scary or dangerous. Most people will recover from the initial symptoms of shock and fear naturally, but those who continue to experience stress from these events (even when they are not in danger) may have PTSD. Symptoms include:
A phobia is an intense fear of specific objects or situations. Social phobia is an intense fear of social or performance situations. This causes worry that others will negatively evaluate them, leading to embarrassment. Symptoms include:
“Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).” The Anxiety and Depression Association of America. https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad
“Anxiety Disorders.” National Institute of Mental Health. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml
“Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)” National Institute of Mental Health. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” National Institute of Mental Health. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.