Generalized Anxiety Disorder

The main feature of GAD is uncontrollable worry. Usually, the worry is about typical subjects like finances, health, or children. However, the person with GAD struggles to ever stop worrying , and often has difficulty sleeping, or uncomfortable physical symptoms such as heart pounding, tension, sweating, or gastrointestinal discomfort.

Social Anxiety Disorder

For people experiencing Social Anxiety Disorder, social situations usually provoke fear of embarrassment- fear that one will be judged negatively, or fear that one’s anxiety will be obvious. Additionally, social situations are avoided or endured with great difficulty.

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder has two main features. Panic attacks are episodes of extreme and sudden anxiety, usually accompanied by an urge to escape, feeling of imminent danger, and various physical symptoms. The second feature is chronic fear of having another panic attack and related “safety behaviors,” like bringing  anxiety medication everywhere. Panic Disorder is often accompanied by Agoraphobia, which is extensive avoidance and restriction of places where one will go, for fear of having a panic attack and being unable to escape.

Phobias

Phobias are fears of specific situations or creatures, including animals, enclosed spaces and various others. As in Social Anxiety Disorder, the feared situations are avoided or endured with great difficulty.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

PTSD can occur as a reaction particular kinds of traumatic events, including situations when the person’s life was in danger, a loved one died suddenly, or in cases of sexual assault.  Also included is repeated exposed to death or violence, as in the case of combat veterans and first responders