Anxiety Disorders

Source:  www.cmha.ca

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.

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