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:
- inability to concentrate
- 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,
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
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.
anxiety disorder may lead to the development of other emotional
and psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder
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
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