Anxiety Disorders

Statistics

  • About 18% of adults in the US have an anxiety disorder

  • 8% of teenagers & children in the US have an anxiety disorder

 

Types

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): chronic, exaggerated worrying about everyday life

  • Social Anxiety Disorder: intense fear of social interaction

  • Panic Disorder: panic attacks & sudden feelings of terror

  • Phobias

Symptoms

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Tenseness

  • Feelings of dread or apprehensiveness

  • Shortness of breath or fast heart rate

  • Sweating & fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia

  • Upset stomach

  • Worsening of other mental illnesses

Treatments

  • Psychotherapy

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)​

    • Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)

  • Medication

    • Anti-Anxiety Medication​s

    • ​Antidepressants​: can treat anxiety & co-occuring depression

  • Other therapies

    • Yoga & meditation​

    • Exercise

    • Relaxation techniques