Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Sufferers of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) worry excessively and uncontrollably about multiple everyday concerns. Generalized anxiety disorder is often associated with trouble sleeping or concentrating, and persistent feelings of irritability, tension, restlessness, weakness, or exhaustion.
Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia
Panic disorder is a common anxiety disorder characterized by having a fear of panic attacks, or a fear of one’s bodily sensations. Panic attacks are sudden rushes of intense fear or discomfort that may come out of the blue or for no apparent reason. Oftentimes, individuals with panic disorder avoid places or activities that might lead to panic attacks (agoraphobia).
People with social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, experience extreme anxiety in social situations. While many people are somewhat nervous about social interactions, people with social anxiety disorder have trouble with daily encounters. A person with social anxiety disorder may turn down a job where they need to give a presentation, or avoid situations where they could be seen or would need to interact with others. Some people with social anxiety disorder force themselves to endure public settings, but they do so with intense anxiety.
A specific phobia is an unreasonable fear of certain objects or situations so excessive that it disrupts a person’s life or causes great distress. Typical phobias include driving, flying, blood, needles, and spiders. Individuals with a specific phobia tend to avoid direct exposure to their feared stimulus, and may avoid talking or thinking about it. Adults with specific phobia recognize their fears as irrational.