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Anxiety Basics

Anxiety - What is It
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Anxiety Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Acute Stress Disorder
Seperation Anxiety
Anxiety Neurosis
Tourette's Syndrome
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Phobic Anxiety Disorder

Phobic Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety is an experience of fear, apprehension or worry regarding social situations and being evaluated by others. Some people with SAD literally feel "sick from fear" in seemingly non-threatening situations, such as ordering food in a restaurant, signing one's name in public or making a phone call. Social anxiety disorder is a chronic condition that causes an irrational anxiety or fear of activities or situations in which you feel others may be watching you or judging you. You also fear that you'll embarrass or humiliate yourself. They are terrified they will act in a way that will be embarrassing or humiliating. The anxiety can interfere significantly with daily routines, occupational performance or social life. Physical symptoms often accompanying social anxiety disorder include excessive blushing , sweating ( hyperhidrosis ), trembling, nausea, and stammering. Panic attacks may also occur under intense fear and discomfort. An early diagnosis may help in minimizing the symptoms and the development of additional problems such as depression. Some sufferers may use alcohol or drugs to reduce fears and inhibitions at social events. Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, or eating or drinking in front of others or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime they are around other people. The good news is that effective treatment cognitive behavioral therapy and medication can improve your quality of life and open up opportunities that the anxiety and fear had closed off.

Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a diagnosis within psychiatry and other mental health professions referring to excessive long-lasting social anxiety causing relatively extreme distress and impaired ability to function in at least some areas of daily life. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a disorder that little is understood about. An anxiety disorder, however, involves an excessive or inappropriate state of arousal characterized by feelings of apprehension, uncertainty, or fear. Though they recognize that the fear is excessive and unreasonable, people with SAD feel powerless against their anxiety. For some people, though, this normal nervousness is magnified into extreme anxiety, fear and self-consciousness. Everyday social activities, even the most mundane, are virtually impossible. Up to 13 percent of people in Western countries experience the condition at some point in their lives. Social anxiety disorder can be so debilitating that it interferes with work, school and other routine activities. The cognitive and behavioral components seek to change thinking patterns and physical reactions to anxious situations. Prescribed medication includes a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).