Stressful situations affect everyone differently. What doesn’t bother one person can cause intense anxiety for another. And with an anxiety disorder, these stressful feelings linger.
Learn more about the different types of anxiety disorders below.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience chronic anxiety nearly every day. While not sparked by a singular event, they live with anxious feelings for months or even years.
Social Anxiety Disorder
People with social anxiety disorder have an intense fear of social situations. This fear is so strong that it often affects their daily life, preventing them from seeing friends or family members, going to work or school, using public transportation, or participating in any activity in public. It can develop for many different reasons, including self-consciousness.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Traumas can be one singular event (known as a “Big T Trauma”) or living through a long-lasting trauma for an extended period of time (known as “little t trauma”). People with PTSD often experience flashbacks where they relive their traumatic experiences.
People with panic disorders experience frequent panic attacks. Anyone can experience a panic attack, but this particular medical condition causes them frequently and often unexpectedly. People with a panic disorder commonly attempt to prevent attacks by avoiding potential stressors or triggers.
A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear or doom with no clear danger present. Someone having a panic attack may experience chest pain, sweating, increased heart rate, trembling, or feel like they have no control over the situation (or their body).