What are the symptoms of anxiety?
How common are anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health disorder in the U.S. and affect 18.1% of the adult population every year. Specific phobias are the most common anxiety disorder, affecting 19 million adults and usually beginning in childhood. Though anxiety disorders are highly treatable, less than half of people experiencing an anxiety disorder receive treatment.
What is a panic attack?
Panic attacks are differentiated from anxiety by the sudden onset of the following symptoms:
GAD is characterized by constant and persistent symptoms of anxiety, in which the amount of anxiety is disproportional to the situation.
Also known as social phobia, SAD is characterized by overwhelming symptoms of anxiety around social interactions and other public situations. This can result in avoidance of social situations or interactions with others.
Panic disorder is characterized by a recurrent and sudden onset of severe anxiety symptoms that peak in only minutes, known as a panic attack.
Specific phobias are an extreme anxiety triggered by a specific object or situation, such as spiders, enclosed spaces, or water.
OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts, images, and worries that result in repetitive or ritualistic behaviors in order to control the anxiety. These behaviors can include counting, checking things, organizing, cleaning, or mental compulsions.
BDD is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessions with perceived flaws related to body image. This may result in compulsive behaviors such as skin picking, excessive use of make-up, or cosmetic surgeries in order to correct the perceived flaw.
The primary treatment for anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Group therapy or interpersonal therapy is also sometimes used.
The most common medication used to treat anxiety are antidepressants.
For more information on alternative therapies, check out our page on Depressive Disorders.
Lifestyle changes that can reduce the symptoms of anxiety include regular exercise, healthy eating, drinking plenty of water, meditation and prayer, and self-care practices such as journalling.
If symptoms inhibit an individual from functioning, intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment may be recommended. For more information, click here.
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