Types of anxiety
Understanding what type of anxiety you’re experiencing is the first step to recovering. You may also be experiencing from more than one type of anxiety.
Let’s look at the types of anxiety so that you can identify which one you might be going through:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD is the most common form of anxiety. It is an extreme, intense and absurd worry usually associated with everyday life.
People with GAD overly anticipate disaster about everyday things such as money, friendship, health issues, work and life.
The physical effects of GAD include fatigue, nausea, headaches, muscle tensions, restlessness, insomnia and sweating.
If you’re experiencing recurring panic attacks, it might be possible that you are having a Panic Disorder.
Panic Disorder is also accompanied by behavioral changes such as restlessness. This happens because one is overly anticipating the next panic attack.
The physical effects of Panic Disorder include rapid heartbeat, perspiration, dizziness, hyperventilation, chest pains and crying.
You might have felt stage fear or shyness at least once in your life. It is absolutely normal. But if you’re scared of being around people altogether, you might be experiencing Social Phobia.
Social Phobia is an intense fear of being in a social situation and constantly thinking of being judged by other people.
If you are afraid of dating, parties, meetings and hanging out with a group of people, you might be experiencing Social Phobia.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
If you have experienced something unsettling in the past, physically or emotionally and keep revisiting that memory, you might be going through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD occurs after a traumatic life event and sometimes lasts for years after the event. It is best advised to seek professional help if you think you a effected by PTSD.
The physical effects of PTSD include severe insomnia and constant fatigue.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
If you tend to have certain thoughts or tend to do certain routines repeatedly and are unable to control them, you might be experiencing OCD.
Eating only out of a particular plate maybe mild OCD, but refraining from eating if that plate is not available is acute OCD.
Examples of very severe cases of OCD are – washing of hands every 10 minutes and constantly checking if the door is locked. Basically an obsession that affects daily life.