Types of Anxiety Disorders
A patient who is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder feels like the world is closing in on them, and feels a need to escape. Psychologists have determined that this is possessing a fear of the unknown or something that we cannot control. There are several types of anxiety disorders that are: panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder (WebMD, 2011). Patients who are diagnosed with panic disorder frequently have the feeling of dread that attack suddenly and with no warning. There are various symptoms related to a panic attack include sweating, chest pains, palpitations, a feeling of choking, which may make a person feel like he or she are crazy (WebMD, 2011 ). Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients are beset by constant thoughts or fears that cause them to perform certain rituals or routines. The troubling thoughts are known as obsessive, and the rituals are compulsions. An example of this is a person with an unreasonable dread of germs who repetitively washes his or her hands (WebMD, 2011). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) results from a severe and traumatic life event such physically experiencing abuse or involved in an accident can lead to hallucinations and recollections to the occurrence of the event and a feeling of reliving the accident (DepressionAnxietyCure, 2011). Social anxiety disorder involves an overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about normal social situations. The panic centers on a fear of their peers judging them, or behaving badly in a way that leads to feeling ridicule or embarrassment (WebMD, 2011). Having a feeling of someone observing ones every move and made fun of is a big part of a social disorder. A patient diagnosed with a specific phobia usually has a fear of one specific object or situation like the fear of the dark or flying on an airplane. The...
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