Anxiety

Anxiety is a part of life. We all feel anxious from time to time. However for some people anxiety can become disabling. For these people, there is help and hope. There are several different kinds of anxiety disorders that can all be experienced by children and teenagers as well as adults.

People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder experience intense fear and anxiety about many different aspects of their lives. They may worry about their health and wellness to the point that this anxiety is crippling for them.

Diagnosis

OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder in which people have thoughts they can’t get out of their minds (obsessions) or things they feel like they have to do, like rituals, counting or checking (compulsions). Many people have obsessions and compulsions; it is only considered a disorder if it interferes with you life or causes you marked distress.

Panic Disorder

With panic disorder, people experience frequent panic attacks. These are discrete periods of time in which people can feel like something terrible is going to happen, like they are having a heart attack. They may begin to avoid certain places or situations in an attempt to avoid experiencing the panic.

Phobias

Phobias involve intense fear of specific things like heights, public speaking, taking tests, going over bridges, or being in enclosed places like elevators.

Post Traumatic Stress

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur after a person has witnessed or experienced a potentially life threatening event. It is usually marked by reliving of the trauma, as well as by nightmares and intense anxiety.

Treatments

There are treatments available to assist people with managing these anxiety disorders. Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been found to be extremely effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders. I have used CBT for anxiety disorders throughout my career and have taken specialized training as well.

Additional Resources

Some excellent resources for information about anxiety are:
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
National Institutes of Health

Illustrations by:
Charles Beyl