A few examples of anxiety disorders are general anxiety disorder, panic disorder (post-traumatic stress disorder), specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and separation anxiety disorder among several others. You may even have many anxiety disorders. In some cases anxiety is due to a physical condition which requires immediate attention.
Anxiety has a tendency to become more severe over time in response to stressors, life events or environmental variables. Anxiety can occur over an extended time period. When severe, it may interfere with everyday life. In certain instances anxiety can cause depression and in the worst case it may lead to suicide. There are risk factors for anxiety disorders. Some examples are genetics, early life experiences, life events, post-traumatic stress and heredity.
Generalized anxiety is the most common disorder among adults. Symptoms include irritability, restlessness, muscle tension, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and inability to sleep. This can be coupled with anxiety attacks and obsessive-compulsive disease. Specific phobias are also rather common.
Separation anxiety is a sort of chronic anxiety. Individuals who experience this can become very withdrawn and prevent any sort of social interaction. However, many people with anxiety disorders have the ability to adjust to normal life events. It is not uncommon for those who have separation anxiety to develop post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder is frequently associated with an anxiety that occurs after exposure to traumatic events such as abuse or natural disasters.
Agoraphobia is the most severe form of anxiety disorders. People who have this condition experience extreme and unreasonable fear when there’s even the slightest feeling of anxiety or tension. People that are afflicted with agoraphobia are unable to leave their homes or take part in any social interaction without experiencing extreme levels of stress and fear.
Even though some anxiety disorders can be successfully treated, it is often necessary to enable the body to relax and recuperate from the injury or event. This may take months or years depending on the severity of the issue. The recovery from these types of mental symptoms can be emotionally and mentally draining. Many people suffering from these kinds of conditions have found relief using the cognitive behavioral therapy approach that helps them face their fears and conquer them.