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Holly O'Daniell
Mrs. Harris
4/1/2013

Anxiety Disorders

There is an estimated 13.1 million people living with anxiety on this planet, and rates are increasing over the years. You probably have heard about anxiety, or have experienced the feeling of being anxious, but what exactly is anxiety? Anxiety is a normal part of life that protects us from danger, but there's also the type of anxiety that takes over your life. The anxiety that can stop you from being the real you. It's the body's normal response to a stressful situation. Anxiety is the anxious feeling you get when you feel threatened or frightened. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time and it's not a problem until it starts to interfere with your everyday life like it does to me.

Anxiety can create feelings such as fear, restlessness, worry, dread, and uneasiness. Anxiety should not be confused with fear. Fear is concrete, an actual danger , where anxiety is the paranoia of something out there that seems menacing but may not be menacing, and may not even be there. When anxiety starts to disrupt your life, it is known as an Anxiety Disorder. The anxiety that people suffer with is not just a simple condition. It develops itself in a variety of ways. Anxiety is not just nervousness either, there are both psychological symptoms and physical symptoms. The physical symptoms of anxiety is rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, nausea and dizziness, chest pain and headaches, weakness in the limbs and muscle tension. It's important for people who have anxiety attacks to realize the symptoms once they start having them because it's possible for them to panic over panicking.

There are seven main types of anxiety disorders and each disorder has different symptoms. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most common and widespread type of anxiety disorder that affects tens of millions of people throughout our world. This disorder is best described as an ongoing state of mental and physical tension and nervousness. This could even be without a cause or without the ability to take a break from the anxiety and calm yourself down. Normally when the anxiety appears to occur for no reason or for a reason that shouldn't be causing that degree of anxiousness, individuals are diagnosed with G.A.D (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). The most common problems associated with G.A.D is constant restlessness, irritation, edginess, or a feeling of being without control. Some experience trouble concentrating or focusing on certain tasks. The physical effects are the feeling of fatigue, lethargy, or generally low energies. (Tired all of the time and no motivation). The symptom most experienced is tense muscles, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders. The second type of anxiety disorder is Social Phobia. Social Phobia is an irrational fear of social situations. There are certain degrees of social phobia that is normal but when it stops a person from attending normal healthy social events, there's a problem. People who suffer from social phobia often experience two or more symptoms. They usually feel hopeless or fearful when they're near unfamiliar people or in an unfamiliar environment. They usually have an obsession over being watched, observed or even judged by others. They can experience intense issues meeting new people or speaking up when it's their turn, for example public speaking. Eighty percent of people who suffer from social phobia display avoidance behaviors, and avoid anything that has to do with social involvement. This is very similar to people with specific phobias, which is intense feelings of fear because objects, scenarios, animals etc. A rare anxiety disorder is Agoraphobia which is the fear of going out in public, in open spaces or the fear of being in unfamiliar places. People who suffer from agoraphobia tend to never leave their home, or do anything just to avoid traveling anywhere other than their home....
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