Anxiety Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment
Anxiety is a part of everyday life; everyone feels it from time to time. However, when the feeling of anxiety is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming to everyday situations, then they might have an anxiety disorder. According to Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) (2010), "Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults. An estimated 40 million adult Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. They are highly treatable, yet only one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment” (Understanding Anxiety, para. 5). There are several different types of ...view middle of the document...
Once again, these are just a few of the symptoms. I personally suffer from this disorder and I can tell you that they are not pleasant. Not knowing when or even if a panic attack is coming; is the worst feeling. According to Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) (2010),”6 million adults in the U.S. suffer from Panic Disorders each year. Since many of the symptoms of panic disorder mimic those of illnesses such as heart disease, thyroid problems, and breathing disorders, people with panic disorder often make many visits to emergency rooms or doctors' offices, convinced they have a life-threatening illness. It often takes months or years and a great deal of frustration before receiving the correct diagnosis” (Symptoms/Panic Disorders, para. 1). The treatment for this disorder will be discussed later in the paper.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
According to Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) (2010), “Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by the feeling of persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things. GAD affects 6.8 million adults in the U.S. each year” (Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder, para. 1). Someone who suffers from GAD experience constant, chronic, exaggerated worries and tension. The duration of this disorder can last sometimes all day, every day. The physical symptoms of GAD include muscle tension, fatigue, restlessness, difficultly sleeping, irritability, edginess, and gastrointestinal discomfort or diarrhea. Someone who suffers from these types of problems for more than 6 months can be diagnosed with GAD. The treatment for this disorder will be discussed later in the paper.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
According to Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) (2010), “2.2 million adults in the U.S. have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) each year. People with OCD suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they can't seem to get out of their heads (obsessions), often compelling them to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines (compulsions) to try and ease their anxiety” (Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, para. 1). Most of the people with OCD know...