What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
There are three types of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), phobias, and panic disorders. Those suffering from anxiety disorders often experience intense, sustained anxiousness and nervousness, worrying excessively. These feelings go well beyond the typical kind of worry that is appropriate to life situations, and they are severe enough to interfere with day-to-day functioning in school, at work, or in social situations. Additional symptoms of an anxiety disorder may include restlessness, a heart-pounding sensation, muscle tension and fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances, according to Understanding Anxiety Disorders, a guide produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The condition can leave individuals so consumed by fear and drained of energy that they are unable to maintain relationships and usual activities. The good news is that this is a treatable disorder. By engaging in treatment and entering recovery, people with an anxiety disorder can manage their symptoms, feel better, and lead a full, meaningful life.