Anxiety disorders are not uncommon: about one third of women are diagnosed with some form of the condition during the course of their lifetimes. Anxiety disorders include several illnesses with prominent symptoms of anxiety. Although each of these disorders is distinct, an individual may suffer from more than one at a time. Seeking treatment can help manage the symptoms and keep them from becoming chronic.
- Some common types of anxiety disorders include:
- Panic disorder, which includes distinct, short episodes of severe anxiety
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder, in which obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors are difficult to control
- Post-traumatic stress disorder, which includes re-experiencing of trauma, excessive monitoring or response to situations that are perceived as threatening,-and emotional numbing to avoid negative feelings
- Generalized anxiety disorder, in which excessive worrying is difficult to control
- Phobia, which involve anxiety about a specific situation or entity
- Anxiety during pregnancy
There is not always a clear boundary between normal anxiety and a disorder that requires treatment. When anxiety substantially impairs work, family or social adjustment, treatment may be worthwhile.
Psychotherapy for anxiety disorders usually involves components of cognitive behavioral treatment to help manage thoughts and behaviors that contribute to the anxiety. Different medications and psychotherapies have been shown to be most effective for specific types of anxiety disorders, so getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial.
The following resources are provided to you as you pursue and progress through treatment: