Symptoms of Anxiety in 3 Common Types of Anxiety Disorders

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Symptoms of Anxiety in 3 Common Types of Anxiety Disorders

Symptoms of Anxiety Anxiety disorders in Port Washington are a class of mood disorders that encompasses several different but related conditions, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder. These conditions share general symptoms of anxiety in common, such as persistent fearfulness and corresponding somatic (physical) symptoms. However, each disorder also involves some symptoms of anxiety that are not necessarily found in all types of anxiety disorders.

#1: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is among the most common mood disorders in Port Washington. This condition is primarily characterized by generalized symptoms of anxiety; people with GAD feel worried, tense, and stressed most of the time, even though the anxiety may not be clearly associated with a particular stimulus. Symptoms of anxiety in GAD permeate all aspects of a person’s life, and people with GAD in Port Washington tend to worry excessively about health, finances, job security, and various other everyday concerns. The DSM-V provides the following symptoms of anxiety as diagnostic criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

  • Feelings of restlessness or being “on edge”
  • Becoming fatigued easily
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbance
  • The focus of the anxiety is not confined to specific triggers, as in other disorders like specific phobias and Social Anxiety Disorder
  • The anxiety and physical symptoms cause significant impairment in social and occupational functioning
  • The anxiety is not attributable to a substance (such as prescription medication or recreational drugs) or to an organic medical condition such as hyperthyroidism

#2: Panic Disorder

Although panic attacks are symptoms of anxiety that can occur in Generalized Anxiety Disorder and other anxiety disorders in Port Washington, they are most strongly associated with an anxiety disorder subtype called Panic Disorder. People who suffer from Panic Disorder in Port Washington are prone to frequent, recurrent panic attacks. A panic attack is an acute episode of overwhelming fear, accompanied by a suite of physical symptoms that can include dizziness, rapid heart beat, hot or cold flashes, and tingling in the hands or feet. Panic Disorder sufferers experience considerable anxiety focused on the fear of having another panic attack. The DSM-V lists a set of symptoms of anxiety that must be present for Panic Disorder to be diagnosed:

  • Recurrent unexpected panic attacks
  • At least one attack has been followed by one month of:

o   Persistent worry about having another panic attack

o   Worrying about the implications or consequences of the panic attack

o   Changes in behavior related to the panic attack

  • The Panic Attacks are not better account for by Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or another related condition

#3: Social Anxiety Disorder

People with Social Anxiety Disorder in Port Washington experience symptoms of anxiety in response to fear of rejection or embarrassment in social situations. They may recognize that their symptoms of anxiety are due to fears and concerns that are irrational, but still have difficulty controlling the fear response. As in other anxiety disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder often involves physical symptoms of anxiety such as fear, trembling, sweating, and nausea. The following DSM-V criteria list the symptoms of anxiety that a person must have to be diagnosed:

  • A marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person faces unfamiliar people or possible scrutiny by others.
  • Exposure to the feared social situation produces anxiety.
  • The person recognizes that the fear is irrational or excessive.
  • Feared social or performance situations are avoided.
  • Social avoidance, anxiety, or distress causes significant impairment to occupational and social functioning
  • The fear is not attributable to a substance or medical condition

Although symptoms of anxiety disorders in Port Washington can interfere with a person’s occupational functioning, social functioning, and quality of life, anxiety disorders are treatable conditions. Symptoms of anxiety disorders can be treated with medication and psychotherapy. They also often respond very well to Neurofeedback Therapy, a noninvasive therapeutic technique for brain-based disorders available at BrainCore New York.

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