ANXIETY, ANXIETY DISORDERS, PANIC ATTACKS, & PTSD
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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders. Recently, reports of sustained anxiety have skyrocketed both among children and adults. It has become an epidemic.
Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, and PTSD are anxiety disorders that have additional specific symptoms that you can see below.
FACTS ABOUT ANXIETY DISORDERS
Anxiety becomes a disorder when the amount and/or frequency of the feelings of anxiety (i.e., tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure) interfere with the ability to participate in daily life.
Anxiety disorder is the most common mental health disorder and has become a major public health concern worldwide.
The complexities and challenges of modern life have led many to experience chronic stress that, when left unalleviated or treated, can become an anxiety disorder.
According to recent studies conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of anxiety disorders is the following:
- 1 in 3 adolescents ages 13-18
- Half of young adults ages 18-24
- 1 in 4 in adults over 18
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about 1 in 3 people gets treated.
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Child or adult separation anxiety
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Specific phobia
- Social phobia
- Selective mutism (inability to speak in certain situations)
Anxiety disorders include the following specific disorders:
Frequently experiencing the following signs of anxiety or anxiety attacks signals an anxiety disorder.
SIGNS / SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY OR ANXIETY ATTACK
- Frequent worry and/or apprehension
- Thinking excessively/obsessively about potential future problems/challenges
- Talking excessively about worries about the future
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling like things are out of control
- Negative self-talk
- Feeling inadequate
- Feeling unprepared
- Frequently cancelling plans
- Difficulty being productive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Excessive sleeping
- Mental exhaustion
- Working or studying excessively
- OCD-type behaviors – counting, repeating, creating rigid rituals, obsessive arranging, washing, cleaning, etc.
- Fear of specific thing, place, situation – e.g., going to school, going to bed, driving on the highway
- Thumb or pacifier-sucking beyond toddlerhood
- Sucking/chewing on clothing
- Self-harm including
- Digging fingernails into skin
- Hitting/punching self
- Breaking bones from repeated self-injury
- Carving messages/symbols into skin
- Piercing skin
- Ingesting harmful substances
- Inserting objects under skin
- Wearing long sleeeves and pants in hot weather to hide signs of self-harm
- Picking at skin and hair pulling
- Appetite disturbances (under- or over-eating)
- Excessive crying
- Nausea, throwing up
- Abdominal cramping
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Rapid heart rate or pounding heart
- Needing to urinate frequently
- Fidgeting with objects or body parts, like hair twisting or cuticle picking
- Foot tapping, leg shaking, finger tapping
- Trembling or shaking throughout body
- Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
- Hot flashes
- Chest pain
- Pain in back and/or neck
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
- Numbness or tingling sensation