Most people experience stress or frustration from time to time. This is normal, and even healthy. However constant feelings of anxiety, uneasiness, or fear may indicate a more serious mental health condition. Anxiety often shows up as sudden rapid heart rate, sweating, feelings of being detached or “out of my body”, and feeling that nothing is real. Panic attacks, which are a form of anxiety, may happen quickly and without warning. Other types of serious anxiety may include a fear of leaving the house or being around other people, and hording (severe compulsive hoarding can interfere with a person’s activities–such as cooking, cleaning, showering, and sleeping–because piles of newspapers or clothes are found in the sink, in the shower, on the bed, and in every corner of a home).
Here are the top four most common types of anxiety:
- Panic disorder: People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like he or she is having a heart attack or “going crazy.”
- Social anxiety: Also called social phobia, social anxiety disorder involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.
- Specific phobias: A specific phobia is an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as snakes, heights, or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause the person to avoid common, everyday situations.
- Generalized anxiety: Generalized anxiety involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.
Fortunately anxiety often responds very well to talk therapy and medication. At CHD our clinicians are trained to diagnose and treat anxiety, so that you can feel better and begin to live a happier and healthier life. Call us at 1 – 844 – CHD – HELP or submit our on-line request form for more information.