Anxiety disorders affect millions.

More than 19 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias and more. Their symptoms are chronic, constant and usually grow worse if left untreated.

Tormented by irrational thoughts and fears, panic attacks and frightening physical symptoms, patients often end up in the ER. Their work, family and social lives are so disrupted, some even become housebound.

Different kinds of anxiety disorders

It's normal to feel anxious about making a speech or taking a test. Anxiety rouses us to take action so we practice more or study harder. But if someone has an anxiety disorder, this otherwise normal emotion can keep them from coping. There are several kinds of anxiety disorders.

Different kinds of anxiety disorders Details

Panic disorder
Patients have recurring and unexpected panic attacks. They constantly worry about the next attack and whether these attacks mean they’re going to die or go mad.

Patients are anxious about being in situations that may be hard or embarrassing to escape. They worry that help may not be easily available if they panic. This anxiety usually causes them to avoid situations like crowded places or traveling alone.

Social phobia
Are you anxious about being judged by others if you do something humiliating or show obvious signs of anxiety? People with this phobia usually avoid social gatherings or eating, speaking or writing in front of others.

Specific phobia
Patients have a persistent, irrational fear of a particular object or situation, and will go out of their way to avoid it. This can include claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or fear of an animal or heights.

Generalized anxiety disorder
This is the most common type of anxiety disorder. Patients worry excessively and constantly about a number of areas in their lives including their family, job or finances.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Sufferers experience unpleasant and intrusive thoughts that are hard to control. They may obsess about contaminating or harming themselves or their family. This often leads to uncontrollable, compulsive rituals like cleaning, checking and counting.

Recognizing the symptoms

Because of stigma associated with these disorders, many people don't seek treatment. But these illnesses are often related to a person's biological makeup and experiences. They even run in families. It's important to know the symptoms so patients can get the proven treatment they need.

Recognizing the symptoms Details

  • Nervousness, restlessness or pacing
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Decreased or increased appetite
  • Sweating
  • Poor concentration
  • Negative thoughts or worries
  • Heart palpitations
  • Frequent urination
  • Muscle tension
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable mood
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Depressed mood

Help is just a phone call away.

If you or someone you know experiences the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, contact your local Allwell Counseling Center for information or call 855-231-0502 for an appointment.

Help is just a phone call away. Details

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Common treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication and therapy. If you or someone you know experiences the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, contact your local Allwell Counseling Center for information, or an appointment.