Anxiety Disorders

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder – Causes, Signs and symptoms

Also called: Social Phobia Summary Social anxiety disorder –  also known as social phobia – is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person feels extremely anxious in certain social situations and has a chronic fear of being judged by others. People with this condition also have an intense fear of embarrassing themselves. About …

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety – Causes, Signs and symptoms

Also called: Separation Anxiety Disorder Summary Separation anxiety is a phase in some children’s lives where they become anxious during separations from a parent or other primary caregiver. It usually takes place between the ages of 8 months and 14 months. Children with separation anxiety may display symptoms such as crying, begging or screaming when …

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Phobias

Phobias – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Summary Phobias are persistent, irrational fears of objects or situations that persist even though the fear has no base in current reality.  People with phobias may experience intense mental and physical symptoms when exposed to something that triggers their phobia. In addition to feeling intense anxiety and fear, they may sweat, develop rapid heartbeat, have …

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Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks – causes, Signs and symptoms

Summary Panic attacks are sudden episodes of fear and anxiety that usually last for between 10 and 30 minutes and cause symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, heavy perspiration and shortness of breath. Although panic attacks are usually medically harmless, they can be extremely frightening, and often feel like a heart attack. Therefore, many people …

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Summary Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is classified as an anxiety disorder. Patients with OCD have persistent thoughts they cannot control (obsessions) and/or feel they must perform certain actions repeatedly (compulsions) in order to feel safe, to stop obsessive thoughts, or to be able to go about their daily business. When obsessions and compulsions interfere with someone’s ability to work …

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Also called: General Anxiety Disorder, GAD, Persistent Anxiety Summary Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a condition in which people worry excessively, even when there are no signs of extraordinary trouble in their lives. Patients may experience anxiety surrounding issues of health, family, money, work and more. It is not unusual for patients with GAD to …

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Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children

Summary Anxiety is a natural physiological and psychological response to certain stressful situations. Normally, anxiety is part of the body’s alarm system, alerting a person to danger or providing extra energy to help accomplish a task. However, some children experience excessive anxiety that may indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder or another mental health …

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Anxiety disorders

Anxiety Disorders – Types, Causes, Symptoms

Summary Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses in which patients feel excessive anxiety, fear or distress during situations in which most other people would not experience these symptoms. Normally, anxiety is part of the body’s alarm system, alerting a person to danger or providing extra energy to help accomplish a task. However, people with anxiety disorders …

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Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia – Symptoms and causes

Summary Agoraphobia is Greek for “fear of the marketplace.” The disorder is characterized by anxiety over finding oneself in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing should a panic attack or panic-like symptoms occur. Agoraphobia commonly accompanies panic disorders. People with agoraphobia typically avoid any situations in which they might experience panic. As …

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Also called: Shell Shock, PTSS, PTSD, Combat Fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Summary Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that involves feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror brought on by experiencing or witnessing an especially traumatic or terrifying event. About 5 million adult Americans suffer from PTSD, according to the National Institute …

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