Anxiety Disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are pervasive and prevalent mental health issues that affect millions of Americans every day. While these are some of the most common anxiety based mental health disorders that are diagnosed in adults, there are additional Anxiety Disorders that exist. Statistically, anxiety disorders have been reported by up to 18% of the American population, making it one of the most common mental health disorders in America. Anxiety disorders may be diagnosed with other mental health issues. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, the most commonly diagnosed form of anxiety is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and women are twice as likely to be diagnosed than men. However, all people despite gender, age, race or sexual preference may be affect by an anxiety disorder.
Feelings of anxiety or worry can manifest in a variety of ways to specific objects or situation; like fear of heights, flying or related to public speaking. In addition, feelings of anxiety or worry may be more generalized that may include but are not limited to feeling anxious in social situations, work environments, or after a significant life stressor like an illness, separation or death in a family. When feelings of anxiety or worry have a negative effect on your everyday life, it is then considered a disorder and should be treated.
Common feelings often experienced by people with an anxiety mental health disorder may include:
- Fear or worry that is disproportionate to the actual degree of danger or harm posed.
- Feeling insecure or concerned about being embarrassed in social settings.
- Experience common situations with high levels of worry or avoidance of common situations that cause anxiety.
- Feelings of fear or dread that something bad is about to happen, but not sure of what
- Having difficulty being able to relax, even when not in uncomfortable situations
- Chest pain, nervousness, difficulty breathing, difficulty focusing and completing tasks
Anxiety mental health Disorders affect each individual differently, and there is treatment available to help you better understand, cope with and reduce the common symptoms associated with an anxiety disorder. If you feel you may have an Anxiety Disorder that is having a negative effect on your personal, school, work or social life please contact our office to explore possible treatment options.