It is common to feel anxious now and then, whether it’s before a big test or job interview, or whether you are on an important date.
However, anxiety disorders are another matter. Those who suffer from these mental illnesses experience severe distress that interferes with their daily lives and can keep them from performing everyday tasks.
Anxiety disorders are among one of the most common mental health issues.
Signs and Symptoms
Here are some of the more common anxiety disorders:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People who suffer with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) will be display excessive anxiety and worry about a number of issues such as health, work, and social interactions. GAD often causes performance issues at work or home.
Common generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:
- Emotional distress
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive Worry
- Sleep problems
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder with reoccurring unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of extreme fear with heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, shaking and generally lasting minutes.
Common panic disorder symptoms include:
- Accelerated and/or pounding heartbeat
- Trembling or Shaking
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of doom or loss of control
A phobia is defined as an intense, irrational fear or aversion to specific objects or situations. The fear of those suffering from phobias will be drastically out of proportion with the danger presented by such object or situation. Common phobias include agoraphobia (fear of open or crowded spaces) and arachnophobia (fear of spiders).
People with phobias:
- Take excessive steps to avoid specific objects or situations
- Excessively worry about encountering said objects or situations
- Experience intense anxiety upon encountering feared objects or situations
Help for Anxiety
At San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we offer inpatient services for children / adolescent (9-17) as well as adults. In addition we have outpatient mental health programs for those struggling with mental illness.
If you or a loved one is struggling from mental illness, contact us today.
Healing is what we do.