Do you sometimes feel nervous or have fearful reactions towards certain situations? This is a sign of anxiety, which can range from normal feelings of nervousness to an excessive feeling of fear. Anxiety is something that most people will go through at some point in their lives. Sometimes, it’s controllable and other times it controls you and your mental health. You could be fearful about a particular event in the future, or you’re simply experiencing some sort of tension due to other external factors. This can hinder your ability to function properly.
To understand the types of anxiety disorders you suffer from, continue to read on below to get a better understanding of them. Treatment and support are regularly available with a doctor at Brunswick to help you reduce your anxiety levels.
Read on to understand the types of anxiety disorders.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder describes one who suffers from persistent or excessive worry that stops you from focusing. The disorder involves ongoing worrying and tension, causing feelings of restlessness, feeling ‘on edge’, difficulty sleeping, and having problems sleeping. There may be external factors causing this such as problems at work, health issues or even worrying about the day ahead. There are coping strategies available to help you.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Typically known as OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder involves feeling obsessed or being obsessive with a compulsion to perform or complete something. They are obsessive thoughts that prove difficult to go away. Some examples include regular cleaning, performing chores, or “rituals” that provide a temporary source of comfort or relief when it’s complete. Not performing these chores or rituals increases anxiety.
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Separation Anxiety Disorder involves being fearful or anxious when separated from a close friend or family. This is a sign that you’re emotionally or physically attached to that person, and not being around them can hinder focus and functioning. A person suffering from this will be persistently worried about being away from that close family or friend, causing restlessness and a lack of sleep. A prime example is of a child moving away from their parents during school time.
Post-Traumatic Stress Order (PTSD)
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after a severely traumatic experience that promotes feelings of isolation and insomnia. That experience is constantly replayed in one’s mind, making it difficult to concentrate and increasing anxiety. Some examples of PTSD include when one is feeling threatened, one who’s experienced a violent ordeal, an accident, or any other major event that has caused trauma.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is where one suffers anxiety and discomfort when performing social interactions with other people. This stems from fearful feelings of rejection, embarrassment, and humiliation. When one suffers from this, they ensure that they avoid any social situations to avoid feeling anxious. Some examples involve public speaking or interacting with friends and family within a public setting.
Do you suffer from either of these types of anxiety disorders? You can first find out if you suffer from these subtle signs of anxiety. It is important to note that anxiety is common with many humans, but treatment and support are available. The first step is to seek support from a professional doctor so that a treatment plan can be set. Treatment such as psychotherapy, talking therapy and medication are tools for support that can help you manage your anxiety.
If you’re seeking support with your anxiety, or suffer from these types of anxiety disorders, we are Lotus Medical Centre are more than happy to welcome you so that we can give you the support you need. Contact us here now and let us help you on your road to recovery.