It’s extremely common to experience anxiety at some point. You might notice it when you are about to board an airplane, start a new job, give a speech, etc. Anxiety typically subsides when the stressful situation is over.

An anxiety disorder is defined by excessive worry or fear that interferes with daily functioning. It’s estimated that 40 million people are affected by anxiety, making it the most common mental health concern in the United States.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Excessive worry about everyday life.

Panic Disorder: Recurrent panic attacks.

Social Anxiety: Significant anxiety and discomfort associated with social situations.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a common mental health condition characterized by excessive and uncontrollable worry about various aspects of life, often without a specific trigger or cause. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the criteria for GAD include persistent and excessive anxiety and worry about a wide range of events or activities, occurring more days than not for at least six months. Individuals may experience symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances. It can significantly impair daily functioning and quality of life if left untreated, but with proper diagnosis and management, individuals with GAD can learn to cope with their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. 

Panic disorder
is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden episodes of intense fear or discomfort that reach a peak within minutes. According to the DSM-5, the criteria for panic disorder include experiencing recurrent unexpected panic attacks and persistent concern or worry about having additional attacks or their consequences. Panic attacks can manifest with symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, and feelings of impending doom. Panic disorder can significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, individuals can learn to manage their symptoms and regain control over their lives.

Social anxiety disorder
, also known as social phobia, is a common mental health condition characterized by intense fear or anxiety in social situations. Individuals with social anxiety disorder may experience excessive worry about being judged, criticized, or embarrassed by others, leading to avoidance of social interactions or significant distress when faced with social situations. According to the DSM-5, those suffering from social anxiety disorder deal with a persistent fear of social situations where the individual may be scrutinized or evaluated by others, leading to avoidance behavior or intense anxiety. Symptoms of social anxiety disorder can vary widely but may include trembling, sweating, blushing, rapid heartbeat, nausea, and difficulty speaking or maintaining eye contact. It can significantly impact daily functioning and interpersonal relationships, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, individuals can learn coping strategies to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Physical symptoms of anxiety disorders

  • Breathing rapidly or shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Overthinking situations
  • Sweating
  • Upset stomach/GI distress

Emotional symptoms of anxiety disorders

  • Difficulty controlling worry
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling nervous, tense, restless
  • Feelings of dread
  • Having a sense of panic or doom
  • Overthinking situations

At Evolve, we provide anxiety disorder treatment and utilize a variety of treatment methods. We tailor the approach to the individual. We also work with clients to assess for other common mental health conditions commonly occurring with anxiety; depression, eating eisorders, substance use and ADHD. If you are unsure if you or a loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder, please give us a call and one of our therapists will help guide you.

If you are looking for anxiety disorder treatment or have any questions about our counseling services, call us at (484) 329-7638 or request a phone consultation today.

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