Like a dash of pepper giving just the right hint of spiciness to bring out the delicious taste of any dish, anxiety in small doses keeps us sane and balanced enough to be able to deal with life's little daily obstacles. Being anxious every once so often helps us to do the right thing to prevent us from running into peril. However, having too much of it puts us in a compromisingly dangerous state of being, just like having too much pepper in a dish that spoils all of it. Excessive anxiety is a burden. Once you think you have too much, it only goes to show that you have an anxiety disorder and should, thus, seek psychiatric help immediately. But with the many different kinds of anxiety disorders, how could you tell which one is more likely to be the one you are stricken with? Well, stay in the dark no more. Here is a concise outline of the different anxiety disorders and their accompanying symptoms to pull you out of your dilemma.
1. Generalized Anxiety DisorderBasically, a person suffering from General Anxiety Disorder is your not so typical worrywart who worries about anything and everything every day. Cursed with being way too anxious for his or her own good, a GAD patient has excessive anxiety over the trivial or mundane matters that are no longer proportional to the real source of worry. Oftentimes, they are unable to control their compulsion to excessive worrying. Symptoms: fatigue, muscle tension, headaches, hot flashes, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, twitching, trembling, sweating, irritability, and insomnia
2. PhobiasA person with a phobia experiences illogical fear of things, persons, animals, or situations. Kinds:Social Phobia
- also referred to as social anxiety disorder
- fear that involves other people or social situations
- fear of a singular thing(spider, dogs, elevators, flying, water, etc.) that triggers panic attack
- Agoraphobia - fear of being away from home or any pother familiar safe area, which could trigger a panic attack
3. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
A person who experiences numbing or extreme emotional distress because of a very traumatic or near- death experience. This usually affects individuals who survived traumatic incidents in the likes of physical or sexual assault, accident, natural catastrophes, torture, or war.
Symptoms: The sufferer undergoes a short period of experiencing difficulty coping and adjusting to daily circumstances.
4. Obsessive Compulsive DisorderThis is characterized by its obsessive , distressing, and persistent thoughts associated with compulsions or repetitively doing tasks.If none of the above-mentioned anxiety fits your symptoms or conditions to a tee, do not be discouraged. It is still best to seek professional help or advice. For all you know, you could be riddled with any of the above-mentioned disorder, and chances are, you might just not have been very observant with your nature. Aside from this, anxiety could be indicative of another disorder that is also subject to treatment once it is determined.