In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. It is intense and sometimes debilitating.This type of anxiety may cause you to stop doing things you enjoy. In extreme cases, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age. According to the American Psychiatric Association, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
What are the types of anxiety disorders?
- Panic disorder: experiencing recurring panic attacks at unexpected times. A person with panic disorder may live in fear of the next panic attack.
- Phobia: excessive fear of a specific object, situation, or activity.
- Social anxiety disorder: extreme fear of being judged by others in social situations.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder: recurring irrational thoughts that lead you to perform specific, repeated behaviors.
- Separation anxiety disorder: fear of being away from home or loved ones.
- Illness anxiety disorder: anxiety about your health. (formerly called hypochondria).
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): anxiety following a traumatic event.
General symptoms of anxiety.
Anxiety feels different depending on the person experiencing it. Feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control, like there’s a disconnect between your mind and body.
Other ways people experience anxiety include nightmares, panic attacks, and painful thoughts or memories that you can’t control. You may have a general feeling of fear and worry, or you may fear a specific place or event.