Anxiety disorders in their various manifestations can have detrimental effects of unexpected magnitude both on the sufferer and the people around him. The tension and fear provoked by anxiety disorders can be crippling in the long run, often culminating suicide. The occurrences of this ailment of the mind are still misunderstood, and in some cases unrecognized, by a great number of people around the world which has led to several medical practitioners calling for better awareness and comprehensive researches.
Anxiety And Anxiety Disorders:
First and foremost, this distinction must be clarified. Anxiety is just a normal human emotion that no human can avoid. Everyone has experienced it one time or the other, be it before a job interview or during a sporting event or even at a social gathering that one wishes to avoid. Anxiety disorders are not the same. It leads to such discomfort and turmoil in a person that it prevents her body and mind from functioning naturally.
Types Of Anxiety Disorders:
There are numerous documented anxiety disorders among which the more common ones include:
1. Social Anxiety Disorder:
Feelings of uncontrollable agitation and distress in everyday social situations, which most people deal with in considerable ease. It generally arises from a deep rooted fear of causing embarrassment or facing the derision of society. It is usually sparked by some past incident and is known to result in chronic depression.
2. Panic Disorder:
Sudden unprovoked bouts of terror and foreboding accompanied by excessive perspiration, cold sweat, and palpitations causing the person to blabber and retch. It could cause cardiac arrest or strokes at the extreme.
It is the fear of an object, place or situation in particular. Causes extreme, unnatural distress and anxiety in a person which lasts until the object of fear is completely removed from his sight. It is often known to make people escape normal social situations.
4. General Anxiety Disorder:
Also referred to as chronic anxiety, it induces incessant and illogical feelings of stress in people concerning the matters of daily life. People suffering from this affliction are in constant fear of disaster striking in their lives in some manner. As in the case of other anxiety disorders, GAD affects the physical health of a person besides his mental health.
✶ Restlessness and agitation.
✶ Muscle tension and fatigue.
✶ Trembling and numbness.
✶ Difficulty in breathing.
✶ Cold sweat.
✶ Heart palpitations.
✶ Dry mouth.
✶ Difficulty in swallowing.
1. The exact cause of anxiety disorders remain undetermined but they are definitely not caused by a lack of proper upbringing or the character flaws in a person.
2. They are generally the result of a combination of factors including sudden changes in brain structures and environmental exigencies.
3. Traumatic experiences or extended periods of mental strain are have been widely observed as possible triggers.
Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses that could have grave consequences if untreated as is evident from a recent study conducted among people using the ehic card in European union nations which showed that 46 percent of the cases of anxiety disorders have gone untreated in the past year it is important that victims are shown empathy, and given expert attention without delay.
This article is a Guest Post written by Alissa at ehcuk.org.