First of all, everyone has suffered from anxiety at least once in their lives. However, some people suffer with such bad anxiety that it interrupts their daily lives. If you have an anxiety disorder, you are likely going to be stressed out on a daily basis and may even be unable to sleep or work normally. You may constantly be worried about one certain thing or you may obsessively worry about everything. If your anxiety and worry is just a temporary emotion caused by a stressful situation, the feelings will go away and you can get back to your normal life.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions among adults in the United States. In fact, over 18% (or 40 million) of Americans between 18 and 65 develop anxiety disorders every year. There are actually several different types of anxiety disorders, which are:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
About 3% (or 7 million) adults in the United States have GAD. This condition can make you feel constant and persistent worry over everything. It may be impossible to stop the feelings of worry even if you know that there is no need to worry. You may be worrying about something that happened before of something you are afraid may happen in the future.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
About 3.5% (or 8 million) of American adults will develop PTSD. While it is true that military personnel or war veterans are susceptible to PTSD, it is also common in anyone who has witnessed or experienced a traumatic episode. It may be a violent assault or rape, death of a loved one, terrorist attack, serious accident, or a natural disaster such as a tornado or hurricane.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
This condition affects about 1% (or 2 million) of adults in the United States. OCD can have a multitude of different forms. Some people have to check things over and over again, others have to wash their hands constantly, and some perform rituals or repetitive behaviors. It is seen when the individual is young but it may also not happen until later in life.
Almost 9% (or 19 million) of the American population have some sort of phobia. Women are twice as likely to have phobias and they usually show up around the age of seven. They are usually found with other disorders including anxiety or depressive disorders. These phobias vary and may include being afraid of anything from animals to heights.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Close to 7% (or 15 million) people in the U.S. have social anxiety disorder and it most commonly starts about the age of 13. This condition makes it difficult for the person to live a normal life because they get an intense feeling of fear or anxiety when around other people. They may not be able to talk to people, blush or stammer, or even have a panic attack.
Panic disorders are seen in almost 3% (or 6 million) of all adults in the United States. This is a very scary condition that can actually make the person believe that they are going to die. A panic attack can happen anytime, anywhere, for no reason whatsoever. The sufferer may be sweating, feeling nauseous and dizzy, have a rapid heart rate, and may even faint.
Online therapy is an excellent choice for anxiety disorders because you do not have to worry about finding a therapist or setting an appointment. You do not have to go out in public, which is something that most anxiety sufferers do not want to do. You can just communicate with a therapist from your own home on your phone, computer, or any other electronic device. No appointment needed.