These days there is a word for everything. Take erinaceous which means ‘like a hedgehog’. Yep congratulations if you got that one, but seriously there is a word for that? Why? Because we humanoids like to define everything otherwise, it is becomes an unknown. And boy are we people screamish of unknowns.
So, that is why for me… Little anxious girl, was somewhat weirdly to say it relieved (lets out breath) when I was told I had social anxiety. This would be when I would use the metaphor it opened my eyes. It seriously did. It made things sort of add up.The anxiety wasn’t just a dark googly monster in the corner of my mind. Or this phantom that no-one else thought was real.
I will let you into a secret of what I learnt. You can’t just put yourself in one box i.e. for me social anxiety. You might experience a combination of them at some point.
1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
For short GAD, is the most common type of anxiety. This is when you have been feeling anxious for over a long period of time (for a minimum of 6 months). Often you find it hard to remember when you last felt relaxed. And as a result get mental and physical symptoms such as: irritability, difficulty concentrating, continual worrying, muscle tension, headaches.
Basically if you are feeling constantly anxious, worried or stressed whether be physically or mentally, perhaps both – to the point where it is having an effect on your life you might have GAD.
Please do click on the following websites for some good information on GAD and symptoms:
2. Social Anxiety
Social anxiety is often mistaken as shyness – trust me I know. It is also a common anxiety – so you are definitely not alone. It is the fear of people and social situations.
You fear judgement from others. Scared of being rejected or talked about. It is having the fear that somehow you are going to embarrass yourself in front of others. This then has an impact on your everyday life. Perhaps it prevents you from doing things like talking to someone on the phone or going shopping.
Please clicky on the link below to find out more about social anxiety and symptoms:
3. Panic Disorder
At some point we all will feel panicked. In fact at least 1 in 10 people have panic attacks now and then. But, panic disorder is the recurrence of panic attacks and about 1 in 50 of us suffer from this. It is no wonder that panic attack after panic attack can leave with this cloud of doom and fear.
If you think this is you please find more information on the NHS Panic Disorder.
According to my anxiety book the term Agoraphobia is Greek for the fear of the market place. Which makes sense when agoraphobia is the fear for busy, claustrophobic and crowded places, right?
Like most anxieties we are anxious in order to protect ourselves – likewise with agoraphobia. The majority of people who suffer from this at one point from another have experienced a terrifying panic attack that has resulted in you wanting to stay at home – a safe place.
If you want to find expert information on agoraphobia click on the following links…
Undoubtedly we all know what a phobia is. We all usually have one. Of course the usual line up of phobias are: spiders, heights and snakes. Yes those people couldn’t last in I’m a Celeb. All it is, is an irrational fear of some thing that can cause a lot of anxiety and panic.
If you want to find more about phobias or a phobia you particularly have, you might want to virtual take a ride over to these sites:
6. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
I’m pretty sure you have come across the acronym PTSD and this is it. You may know this already but PTSD is cause of an event that has been distressful and traumatic. It is important to remember that PTSD can develop soon after the event, but it can also be years after it.
These events can range from natural disasters to violent attacks to accidents. An occasion that has been fight and flight and truly terrifying. Naturally when events such as this happen in our lives they can have a profound impact on us. For PTSD you may relive this event or become anxious when things remind you of this event
If you are suffering from the result of a distressing event or want to simply know the symptoms, please take a look at these:
7. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
People often associate OCD with this idea of extreme cleanliness. However, this is not always case and disregards the depth of reasoning for each individual. OCD is when you feel overwhelmed with scary, intrusive thoughts, images or impulses that conclude with the urgent need to perform certain actions to protect yourself.
If you want to learn more about the symptoms of OCD here are some useful links:
If you feel you suffer from any of these anxieties please go and see your GP. Talk to someone. Tell someone you trust. Here are some helpful sites in this particularly baffling time: