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Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when a person feels threatened, under pressure, or is facing a stressful situation. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Someone might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or when making an important decision. It’s normal. However, it isn’t normal if this anxiety doesn’t go away and in fact, gets worse over time.

Anxiety-based mood disorders can take a serious toll, both physical and emotional. For some people, it can become so frequent or forceful that it interferes with daily activities such as job performance, school work and relationships.

Anxiety disorders can manifest themselves in several ways. There are six major types, each with distinct symptoms:

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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.

Anxiety Attacks (aka Panic Disorder)

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.

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Phobia

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.

Social Anxiety Disorder

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.

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OCD

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.

PTSD

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.

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We have found that people with anxiety disorders often suffer from depression at some point. As depression makes anxiety worse – and vice versa – we believe it’s important to consider treatment for both conditions. Our treatment approach depends on the type of anxiety disorder and its severity, and can include therapy, medication, or some combination of the two.

If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety, we’re here and ready to help. Contact us today!

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