Teens Young Women Middle Life Mature Women Reference Library
your body
staying healthy
health care
emotional health
cosmetic surgery
conditions diseases

General Anxiety Disorder
Normal feelings of anxiety are quite common, and are usually temporary. But some people live with constant and debilitating anxiety known as general anxiety disorder. People with this disorder worry excessively over money, health, work, school, or trivial details, which interferes with daily activities. This type of anxiety lasts for at least six months. Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • insomnia
  • headaches
  • irritability
  • inability to concentrate
  • trembling
  • fatigue
  • muscle tension
  • hot flashes
  • feeling out of breath
  • feeling lightheaded
  • frequent urination

General Anxiety Disorder may occur at a young age, even in childhood, and often symptoms increase gradually over time. Stressful situations might amplify anxiety. There are a variety of treatments for generalized anxiety disorder, including psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral relaxation techniques and medication for severe cases.

Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is characterized by intense and overwhelming fear of being embarrassed in a public setting or being judges by others. This disorder can seriously interfere with school, work and social life because patients who suffer are often unable to function in public. Symptoms include inability to concentrate, hot flashes, sweating, dry mouth, excessive blushing, breathlessness, rapid heart rate, muscle tension, nausea and trembling when confronted with a public situation. The fear that others will discover the anxiety can double the discomfort and pain for people with this disorder. The fear may be limited to specific social situations such as public speaking, eating in public, using public bathrooms, being interviewed, attending social events or meeting new people as well as an unreasonable fear of being judged by others or doing something embarrassing. In more severe cases, patients fear all types of public situations and may even experience agoraphobia. Social anxiety disorder may lead to the development of other emotional and psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder and substance abuse. There is no known cause of social anxiety disorder, but it may be linked with certain personality traits or genetics. Treatment includes counseling, psychotherapy and, in extreme cases, medication.

Click below to read about related topics.

Panic Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Suicidal Feelings