Currently we understand anxiety by dividing it up into different categories, which have different clusters of symptoms.
We actually think many of these categories overlap, and it's more likely that everything occurs on a spectrum than that anxiety fits into discrete categories.
This page will link to pages that contain more descriptions about these categories
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America( ADDA), Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by constant and excessive worry about anything and everything.
People with generalized anxiety disorder may expect disaster ( what we call catastrophize) and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. People with generalized anxiety disorder cannot control their worry.
According to the (ADDA) People with Social Anxiety are anxious or fearful about being judged or evaluated negatively or being rejected socially. They may be afraid of appearing stupid being embarrassed or being boring.
Panic disorder happens when people experience panic attacks out of the blue and sometimes in their sleep. People then become preoccupied with having panic attacks again because it is such a frightening experience where they are sometimes afraid they are having a heart attack.
The ADDA defines Obsessions as " intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or urges" and they cause anxiety. Compulsions are "behaviors " the persons does in order to feel better or stop thoughts. Some compulsions are behaviors while others are things a person might do with their mind.
Extreme fear or anxiety about being away from parents or caregivers when it is not developmentally appropriate or in adults being away from children or spouses to the point where other responsibilities can become impaired.
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