Anxiety or worry is a part of life. However, an anxiety disorder is a condition where anxiety persists or worsens over time. Most people worry from time to time about things that are important to them. Finances, education, career, and relationships are frequent sources of this anxiety. However, most can process or compartmentalize these feelings so they don’t become overwhelming or crippling. The anxiety subsides when concerns are resolved in part or full, or they process and accept something they cannot change.
However, a person with an anxiety disorder often finds that their anxiety interferes with their everyday life. They may experience chronic anxiety that never seems to leave them and doesn’t have a specific cause. Others are troubled with unwanted recurring thoughts or social phobias, making functioning in the world difficult. Some people develop an anxiety disorder after particularly traumatic events, known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
The Five Major Types of Anxiety Disorders are:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Phobia