It is normal to feel anxious sometimes. If you’re a student preparing for the SAT’s, you might feel anxious. If you’re going for a job interview, you might feel anxious about that too. It is when this anxiety persists and gets worse over time that it becomes a problem.
Anxiety disorders are the most common emotional disorders in the United States affecting more than 25 million people. These types of disorders differ greatly from normal feelings of nervousness because they are more profound.
The different types of anxiety disorders include:
- Panic Disorder — The core symptom of the panic disorder is the panic attack, an overwhelming combination of physical and psychological distress.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder — This is classified by obsessions and irrational thoughts that keep reoccurring. Compulsive behavior can be very disruptive to normal daily routines and social relationships.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder — This generally occurs in individuals who have survived a severe or terrifying physical or emotional event.
- Phobias — These are categorized by excessive and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity
- Specific phobia — An extreme or excessive fear of an object or situation that is generally not harmful.
- Social phobia (also called social anxiety disorder) — Significant anxiety and discomfort about being embarrassed or looked down on in social or performance situations.
- Agoraphobia — This is the fear of being in situations where escape may be difficult or embarrassing or help might not be available in the event of panic symptoms.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder — This is an ongoing severe tension that interferes with daily functioning. This is categorized by constant worry and feelings of helplessness.
People suffering from an anxiety disorder might be dual diagnosed as also suffering from depression. This creates a higher risk for drug addiction and other forms of substance abuse. When anxiety is this bad it normally has a negative affect on relationships, school performance and job performance.
Symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:
- Overwhelming feelings of panic
- Painful, recurring memories
- Recurring nightmares
- Muscle tension
- Lack of patience
Fort Lauderdale Hospital has a staff of highly trained psychiatrists and clinicians that are qualified to treat anxiety disorders and other mental health issues.
Fort Lauderdale Hospital is licensed and accredited by the following:
- State of Florida
- Certified by Broward County
- “The Joint Commission” or TJC
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