If constant worries and fears distract someone from their day-to-day activities, or if they’re troubled by a persistent feeling that something bad is going to happen, they may be suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Anxiety caused by GAD often manifests itself with physical symptoms such as insomnia, stomach upset, restlessness and fatigue.
Characterized by repeated, unexpected panic attacks, as well as a fear of experiencing another attack, a panic disorder may also be accompanied by agoraphobia, which is the fear of being in places where escape or help would be difficult in the event of a panic attack. If someone has agoraphobia, they are likely to avoid public places or confined spaces.
Someone suffering from a phobia has an unrealistic or exaggerated fear of a specific object, activity or situation that in reality presents little to no danger. Common phobias include fear of animals such as snakes and spiders, fear of flying and fear of heights.
If someone has a debilitating fear of being seen negatively by others and humiliated in public, they may have social anxiety disorder. This can manifest itself in extreme shyness and in severe cases, avoidance of all social situations. Stage fright is one of the most common types of social phobia.
Also known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD is a common, long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts and urges that cause anxiety, and manifest themselves as behaviors that are repeated over and over. At The Dell Center, we use a team approach to address the disorder, including a combination of individual therapy, group therapy and medication if appropriate, based on our client’s specific needs.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) can occur after a particularly traumatic event, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions including flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety. At The Dell Center, we create a treatment plan based on several factors, including the source of the trauma, the nature of the trauma and the age of the victim at the time of the trauma. We then work closely with the client, as a team, to both mange the symptoms and work through the traumatic event.