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Common forms of anxiety disorders

1 Specific phobia
Unlike someone with generalized stress disorder, a person who has a specific phobia experiences intense and regularly irrational fear of a particular situation or object. When exposed to the thing or situation they fear, people with definite phobias exhibit signs of intense fear like shaking, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and nausea. General particular phobias include fear of heights, enclosed spaces, blood, and animals. The doubt a person with phobia senses can be so extreme that he or she may ignore safety just to skip the situation.

2 Generalized anxiety disorder
A person who has this type of anxiety disorder usually experience prolonged anxiety that is often without basis. More accurately, people with generalized anxiety disorders cannot articulate the reason behind their anxiety. This type of anxiety usually lasts for six months and often affects women.  Due to the persistence of anxiety, people affected by generalized anxiety disorder constantly fret and worry. This results in heart palpitations, insomnia, headaches, and dizzy spells.

3 Social phobia
Alternatively, called social stress, a person with social phobia may show similar symptoms like those of panic disease, especially in social situations. Shaking, dizziness, shortness of breath, and heartbeats may ensue when a person with social phobia gains himself or herself in the middle of inspection or in the organization of several people, regardless of whether they are strangers or not.

4 Panic disorder
Also known as Agoraphobia, panic diseases are identified by repeating panic attacks, which are often unexpected. Symptoms usually are shaking, chest pains, dizziness, fear of missing control, and the reluctance of being isolated. People with the panic disease are informed that their panic usually is unfounded and illogical. This is why they avoid everyday situations and being alone. A panic attack can be so complicated that people may miss the control and hurt themselves.


Post-traumatic stress disease may happen after a person experienced a seriously traumatic event. He or she may relive the experience in his or her mind, which generates stress and anxiety. If a character with PTSD comes into connection with stimuli (any object, person, or situation) that he or she connects with the traumatic event, he or she may literally re-experience the event by sobbing uncontrollably, panicking, or missing control. Subtler symptoms include insomnia and avoidant style. PTSD may manifest itself suddenly after the traumatic event or even years after.

6 Obsessive-compulsive disorder

People with obsessive-compulsive disease experience anxiety begun by an obsession or plan. They tend to evade experiencing anxiety by resorting to repetitive behaviors or behaviors that prevent stress. For example, a person who is obsessed with cleanliness may experience anxiety at the mere sight of pottery placed slightly off-center. To stop anxiety, he or she will clean and organize everything compulsively or without reason.

Determining the type of anxiety disease a person has is crucial to seeking treatment and restoration. Techniques and methods that are used to help a character cope with specific anxiety regularly target not only the control of symptoms but coping mechanisms when exposed to triggers. Only after a thorough diagnosis can treatment and healing for anxiety diseases really commence.

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