Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental health problems, affecting approximately 1 in 10 people. Some of the signs to look for:
- Panic disorder – panic attacks that occur without warning, accompanied by sudden feelings of terror.
- Social Phobia – paralyzing, irrational self-consciousness about social situations.
- Specific Phobia – overwhelmed by unreasonable fears which they are not able to control, such as fear of flying, heights, etc.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – common symptoms include flashbacks, reliving the terrifying experience, nightmares, depression and feelings of anger or irritability
- Obesessive-Compulsive Disorder – suffer from persistent unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or rituals (compulsions) which they find impossible to control.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – repeated, exaggerated worry about routine life events and activities lasting at least 6 months. Sometimes accompanied by physical symptoms.
Anxiety disorders place a great burden on the individuals affected, their families and friends. Support groups and educational resources are an important part of treatment.