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Anxiety disorders

by Alivia Nyhan

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults. That’s 18% of the population. Anxiety disorders are different from normal anxiety. They are much more intense and can interfere with a person’s ability to function. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias. Symptoms of anxiety disorders can include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, and feeling of impending doom. Anxiety disorders are treatable and there are many resources available to help people who suffer from them.

What is an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorders are a type of mental illness. They can cause a person to feel anxious, scared, and worried all the time. Anxiety disorders can make it hard to do everyday tasks, such as going to school or work. There are many types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.

Who is at risk for anxiety disorders?

There are many risk factors for anxiety disorders, including genetics, environment, and brain chemistry. However, it is not yet known exactly what causes anxiety disorders.

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias. Each disorder has its own symptoms, but all involve chronic, persistent anxiety that can interfere with daily life. Treatment for anxiety disorders typically includes therapy and medication.

Some Common Disorders:

Post-traumatic stress disorder: (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as physical symptoms such as insomnia, dizziness, and heart palpitations.

Psychogenic seizures: Psychogenic seizures are a type of anxiety disorder. Seizures are sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbances in the brain. Psychogenic seizures are caused by psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety, or emotional trauma.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: (GAD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by excessive and persistent worry about a variety of topics, including finances, work, family, and health. People with GAD may also experience physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, and fatigue.

Swollen Tongue: Swollen Tongue Anxiety disorders can sometimes cause physical symptoms, such as a swollen tongue. This is because anxiety can cause the muscles in your tongue to tense up.

Somatizing disease: Somatizing disease is characterized by physical symptoms produced by psychological factors. The symptoms are not intentionally produced or faked. They are a genuine reaction to psychological stressors.

Eating Anxiety: Eating anxiety disorders are the most common type. People with this type of anxiety disorder are worried about their weight, body shape, and food intake. They may avoid eating altogether or may binge eat and then purge.

Anxiety chest pain: Anxiety chest pain is often described as a sharp, shooting pain that begins suddenly and unexpectedly. It may feel like your heart is racing or pounding, and you may even feel short of breath.

Social anxiety: Social anxiety disorder is the third most common mental disorder in the United States, affecting 15 million adults. People with social anxiety disorder have an intense fear of social situations, such as parties, public speaking, and meeting new people.

Tingling: Tingling in the body from anxiety is a common symptom, as is an increased heart rate. Muscle tension and headaches are also common. People with anxiety may also experience sweating, dizziness, and feel like they are choking.

Anxiety Tachycardia: Anxiety Tachycardia is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by a rapid heart rate. This can be caused by a variety of things, including stress, fear, and excitement.

Tremors in the body: Tremors in the body from anxiety can be so severe that they cause problems with a person’s daily routine. The person may have difficulty writing or holding a cup of coffee. The tremors may also cause difficulty sleeping, which can lead to more anxiety and a feeling of being “on edge.”

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