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Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety can present itself in many different ways. Some recognized disorders include:
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: almost constant anxiety and worry over many different activities and events
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: unwanted and repeated thoughts, impulses, or images that cause anxiety or distress oftentimes followed by repetitive behaviors or mental acts the person feels driven to perform to reduce distress
  • Panic Disorder: repeated, unexpected attacks of intense fear or discomfort often followed by fear of having another attack
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: symptoms of re-experiencing the event, avoidance, or increased arousal occur after experiencing a traumatic event involving actual or threatened injury or death 
  • Social Phobia: persistent fear of social or performance situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others
  • Specific Phobia: persistent fear cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, heights, or blood)

In addition, there are several conditions that often include anxious symptoms:
              • Hoarding: persistent difficulty discarding or parting with personal possessions resulting in an accumulation of objects which clutter living areas of the home
              • Trichotillomania: repeated pulling out of one's hair resulting in noticeable hair loss
              • Body Dysmorphic Disorder: excessive concern about a perceived defect in one's physical features or appearance
              • Depression: low mood or decreased interest or pleasure in usually enjoyed activities nearly every day for at least two weeks accompanied by changes in appetite, sleep, energy level, ability to concentrate, or self-esteem

For more information regarding children, check out this recorded webinar by Dr. Andrea Umbach: