Anxiety & Depression



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Types of Anxiety

  1. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD is purely characterized by obsessive and habitual acts. Each individual is linked to their specific habit, because of superstitious notions. Doctors believe that each habitual act is usually inexplicable.
  2. Social Anxiety Disorder: The fear that is linked to social anxiety is based within specific social situations. The disorder can be debilitating; an individual will go into isolation. Usually, this disorder is rooted in a past social situation, in which the individual was embarrassed, scrutinized, or humiliated.
  3. Phobias: This form if anxiety depression is triggered by a specific situation or object. This is the most common anxiety disorder in the United States. It can render an individual in emotional terror at sight of heights, spiders, or vomit. The range of stimuli which cause this anxiety are limitless.
  4. Panic Disorder: Panic disorder is the term for short fits of apprehension and/or terror; known as panic attacks. The attacks can abruptly rise within ten minutes, and last as long as a few hours. The attacks not only, hit an individual emotionally; the actual body goes through physical changes (e.g. shaking, trembling, increased heart rate).
  5. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): This disorder is attributed to a long lasting anxiety, which does not focus on one object or situation. Any individual who is suffering from this disorder will experience long lasting episodes of fear and paranoia.
  6. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): This specific anxiety disorder is linked stress, to a life threatening situation (rape, war, natural disaster). An individual who suffers from this form of anxiety will experience flashbacks, depression, and even reclusive behavior.


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