Anxiety disorders are a group of conditions that present different clusters of symptoms that include an irrational sense of worry and foreboding, restlessness, and fear — often to the degree of panic.
The most common anxiety disorder is the simple phobia or fear of something in particular, such as spiders, heights, elevators or public speaking. Remember that uncomfortable feeling you had the first time you had to speak in front of a group of people, or in a classroom setting? The butterflies in your stomach, dry mouth, racing heart, fear of embarrassment, weak knees, trembling and the desire to flee that you knew was irrational? That response is the experience of mild anxiety. Some phobias are mild, others can elicit a greater degree of anxiety — even to the degree of fearing you will die.
Generalized anxiety is a feeling of free-floating anxiety that attaches to no particular event or issue in your life, but seems to permeate daily life. It is difficult to identify when it started and it often comes on gradually, increasing until it begins to cause a person to alter their daily activities of living to try to avoid these feelings.
Panic disorder is the occurrence of short-lived intense symptoms of anxiety that are severe enough to overwhelm a person and cause them to be unable to continue their activities until the symptoms pass. Most panic attacks have a duration of approximately 20 minutes, but they sometimes come on without warning. They may be so severe the person believes they are going to die, or may mistake the symptoms for a heart attack. When panic attacks become more prevalent, the person may begin avoiding activities or places that they believe trigger the attacks.
Agoraphobia is the condition that results from having panic disorder to a degree that the person becomes afraid to leave home for fear of having a panic attack. They slowly begin to avoid various activities and places that they fear may trigger an attack. Ultimately, they begin to limit their activities to home where they feel safe, and become isolated.
Anxiety can cause several negative changes in functioning such as:
- Heart palpitations
At The Men’s Center, we can assist you in accurately identifying the disorder and inform you of the options for treating your particular form of anxiety.
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