Types of Anxiety & Stress Disorders

There are various types of anxiety disorders and stress disorders.

Anxiety Disorders

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias

Stress Disorders

  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • PTSD

Symptoms of Anxiety & Stress Disorders

There are various symptoms for anxiety disorders and stress disorders, the following is just a few.

Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Emotional Symptoms

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Anticipating the worst and being watchful for signs of danger

Physical Symptoms

  • Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
  • Upset stomach
  • Sweating, tremors and twitches
  • Headaches, fatigue and insomnia
  • Upset stomach, frequent urination or diarrhoea

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Overthinking (especially negative thoughts)
  • Poor concentration

Symptoms of Stress Disorders

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Overthinking (especially negative thoughts)

Causes of Anxiety & Stress Disorders

There are many factors which may lead to anxiety disorders and stress disorders:

Causes of Anxiety Disorders

Genetics

Some families will have a higher than average numbers of members experiencing anxiety issues, and studies support the evidence that anxiety disorders run in families. This can be a factor in someone developing an anxiety disorder.

Environment (Social, Financial, Psychological)

A stressful or traumatic event such as abuse, death of a loved one, violence or prolonged illness is often linked to the development of an anxiety disorder.

Causes of Stress Disorders

Genetics

Some families will have a higher than average numbers of members experiencing anxiety issues, and studies support the evidence that anxiety disorders run in families. This can be a factor in someone developing an anxiety disorder.

Environment (Social, Financial, Psychological)

A stressful or traumatic event such as abuse, death of a loved one, violence or prolonged illness is often linked to the development of an anxiety disorder.

Diagnosis of Anxiety & Stress Disorders

The physical symptoms of an anxiety disorder can be easily confused with other medical conditions like heart disease or hyperthyroidism. Therefore, a doctor will likely perform an evaluation involving a physical examination, an interview and lab tests. After ruling out a medical illness, the doctor may recommend a person see a mental health professional to make a diagnosis.

Using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) a mental health professional is able to identify the specific type of anxiety disorder causing the symptoms as well as any other possible disorders including depression, ADHD or substance abuse which may be involved. Tackling all disorders through comprehensive treatment is the best recovery strategy.

Treatment for Anxiety & Stress Disorders

As each anxiety disorder has a different set of symptoms, the types of treatment that a mental health professional may suggest also can vary. But there are common types of treatment that are used:

  • Psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Medications, including antianxiety medications and antidepressants
  • Complementary health approaches,including stress and relaxation techniques

Anxiety & Stress Disorder Resources in Musing Minds UK

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Support Groups for Anxiety & Stress Disorders

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Businesses Providing Services for Anxiety & Stress Disorders

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Anxiety & Stress Disorders Articles

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Anxiety & Stress Disorder Musings

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Published Books on Anxiety & Stress Disorders

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Mood Journals Discussing Anxiety & Stress Disorders

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Anxiety & Stress Disorder Events

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