Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental performance issues. Too much anxiety can be detrimental and overwhelming. Being aware of the common types of anxiety disorders can help you identify if you or a loved one needs support. Here are some of the most common anxiety conditions to keep in mind.

1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Many people struggle with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) where they have excessive worries about everyday things. Unlike brief worry that comes and goes, GAD involves near-constant anxiety that leaves you restless, irritable, and stressed out for a prolonged period of time, even when there’s little reason to be concerned. The ongoing state of tension can interfere with relationships, work, and overall well-being. Some symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, headaches, nausea, and rapid heartbeat. Getting a proper diagnosis and social anxiety therapy from a qualified psychologist or counselor can help manage GAD.

2. Social Anxiety Disorder

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, social anxiety disorder is one of the most common types of anxiety disorders. Also referred to as social phobia, social anxiety disorder involves intense fear and avoidance of social or performance situations due to feelings of embarrassment, shame, or humiliation. People with social anxiety often worry weeks or months in advance about upcoming events or interactions. Physical symptoms are common and include blushing, trembling, sweating, and an upset stomach. Social anxiety can severely impact school, work, and personal life. Seeking help through counseling or social anxiety therapy is important for improving your ability to cope and manage symptoms.

3. Panic Disorder

Characterized by seemingly sudden, debilitating panic attacks, panic disorder can be extremely frightening and disruptive. While panic attacks sometimes have an obvious trigger, they often occur unexpectedly. Symptoms include a rapid, racing heartbeat, shaking, shortness of breath, dizziness, tingling in and feet, hot flashes, nausea, and a fear of losing control or dying. People with panic attacks tend to live in fear about when their next attack may happen. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards relief through therapy and/or medication.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions. Seeking help through counseling, social anxiety therapy, support groups, and self-care can help you better cope with anxiety, so you can get back to fully living your life. If you’re looking to get help with your anxiety, call us now to schedule an appointment.