Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions in the United States, impacting more than 19% of Americans annually. There are several different types of anxiety disorders, with each anxiety-related condition having the potential to cause troubling and disabling symptoms. Various types of anxiety disorders can cause panic attacks, depression, and isolation, as the fear of experiencing anxiety can result in your avoiding people, places, and things that trigger your symptoms.
Although anxiety disorders are highly treatable, failing to complete or engage in treatment can make your daily life unmanageable. Treatment ensures that you have the proper supports in place to live a healthy and normal life.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are mental health diseases that impact your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The most common types of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic attack disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Social phobia disorder
Anxiety disorders can impact your daily life, with symptoms making it difficult to continue to work, go to school, or socialize with others. The various types of anxiety disorders can also cause symptoms of depression, as anxiety disorders can lead to you avoiding friends and family members. The symptoms of an anxiety-related disorder can start at any phase of your life, although symptoms most commonly begin to appear by young adulthood.
Anxiety disorders cause increased worrying, which can lead to anxiety or panic attacks. Conditions like PTSD can lead to flashbacks and nightmares, while panic attacks can make it hard to leave your home.
Treating Anxiety Disorders
The various types of anxiety disorders all require treatment, as most anxiety disorders are chronic. Treatment helps you address the underlying cause of your symptoms. In the case of PTSD, symptoms start with a traumatic event. An important part of treatment, whether completed in an outpatient or inpatient setting, is to learn how to cope with negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Treatments like cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy empower you to identify and change negative thinking patterns. Also, they affect your emotions, beliefs, and actions, which can make your symptoms more manageable. Certain medications, like anti-anxiety medications, can reduce your symptoms and limit the number of anxiety and panic attacks you experience. Medications can also help improve your sleep, as many people struggling with anxiety disorders also have difficulty sleeping.
When anxiety disorders are left untreated, you may rely on drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. This leads to addiction. Psychoactive substances, like alcohol and opiates, create neurotransmitter imbalances. While intoxication temporarily relieves symptoms, drugs, and alcohol ultimately aggravate anxiety disorders.
Therapy can provide you with a safe place to share and express overwhelming or embarrassing thoughts and feelings, which can help reduce your symptoms.
Finding Help Today
When you are struggling with an anxiety disorder, you may feel like your condition controls your life. All types of anxiety disorders have the ability to interfere with your everyday life, which can make it hard to reach your goals. If you or a loved one is battling an anxiety disorder, contact us today at 844.334.4727 to learn more about our programs and your treatment options.