Anxiety disorders can be really hard to deal with. There are a variety of different anxiety disorder.
CHMA has some information on anxiety disorders and I will copy some stuff in the areas of anxiety I don’t struggle with because I can’t really explain stuff if I haven’t experienced it but wanted to give as much info on Anxiety Disorders as possible.
One of the Anxiety Disorders is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by persistent intrusive ideas, thoughts, impulses or images (obsessions) which often result in performing compulsive rituals over and over again. Typical compulsions are washing, checking and arranging things, and counting. These actions give individuals with OCD only temporary relief from their anxiety. With early diagnosis and the right treatment, people can avoid the suffering that comes with OCD
Another anxiety disorder is “Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) It is Repeated, exaggerated worrying for more than six months characterizes GAD. People with GAD have disproportionate levels of worry over routine events and activities that others feel are of minor concern; they are always expecting the worst, and constantly “disasterizing”.”
Although I haven’t been diagnosed with this I definitely have constant anxiety but I think because I have specific anxiety disorders because a lot of other factors effect my anxiety.
“Phobias are usually divided into two categories: specific and social. People with a specific phobia have an uncontrolled, irrational fear of something in particular. It could be an object, situation, animal, activity or anything else that is significant to that person. Whatever it is, the individual experiences inexplicable levels of fear and will often go to extremes to avoid encountering it.”
I personally have a phobia of heights but it’s not that bad of anxiety compared some of the other things that I deal with anxiety with. Common phobias are snakes and spiders. I learned from a psych course that people usually only have a phobia to snakes or spiders. He did this by asking the people in the class whether they were afraid of spiders and a bunch of people put up there hands. Than he asked who was afraid of snakes and than mentioned that people seemed to either have a phobia of snakes or spiders. Though I think in that case not everyone would have an actual phobia to the point that it effected there life. I am afraid of snakes but it doesn’t effect my ability to live life like other anxiety disorders do.
Other anxiety disorder are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety, and Panic Disorder. I will go into more details in those specific sections as I can get into my experience with the anxiety disorders.
There are a variety of treatments for anxiety disorder, including medication, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and lifestyle changes. Good nutrition, and daily exercise is important to deal with anxiety disorders but can sometimes be really hard if you anxiety is severe. There is also something known as agoraphobia where it makes it difficult to get out of the house, which could effect your ability to make lifestyle changes. Exposure therapy is big for anxiety disorder, by gradually being exposed to the things that make you anxious. That way you know that you are able to deal with your anxiety in smaller situations and get through it so than you move unto a more challenging anxiety situation. Though you can’t always avoid situations that make you anxious. I know I can’t because a lot of things make me anxious and I have to learn to cope with it.