What is Anxiety?

It is normal to worry, to feel tense, and uneasy in response to different life circumstances and threats. However, there are types of anxiety that form conditions that tend to maintain themselves and have a significant impact on functioning. 

Types of anxiety

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): is characterised by persistent and excessive worry about everything. People with (GAD) may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than what seems warranted about actual events or expect the worst, even when there is no apparent reason for concern.

Agoraphobia: Technically, this is defined by intense fear and anxiety of any place or situation where escape might be difficult. Agoraphobia involves avoidance of situations such as being alone outside of the home; traveling in a car, bus, or airplane; or being in a crowded area. You may think of it as people who are afraid to leave their houses.

Panic Disorder: People who experience spontaneous, seemingly out-of-the-blue panic attacks and are very preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. Panic attacks occur unexpectedly, sometimes even when waking up from sleep. It’s not like you’re necessarily thinking about something specific and the worry spirals into a panic attack.

Phobias: are strong, irrational fear reactions in the presence or anticipation of a specific object, place, or situation. Fear of heights is an example.

Separation Anxiety: refers to excessive fear or worries about separation from home or someone very close to you.

Social Anxiety Disorder: is a condition characterized by intense anxiety related to a fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation is also known as social anxiety disorder.

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