Feeling nervous and worrisome, or what about agitated and angry?
You may be suffering from an Anxiety Disorder.
Anxiety disorders involve extreme fear or worry. In general, these emotions are associated with anticipation for current or future events. There are several types of anxiety disorders; and these may occur uniquely or concurrently with another anxiety disorder.
Suffering from anxiety can be distressful. Anxiety may look different across people. It can effect a person’s thinking patterns, as well as their relationships with other. Although anxiety tends to cause one to feel restless, with increased sweating, trembling, or palpitations, some report having chronic fatigue or exhaustion from it. Anger, irritability, agitation, and hypervigilance are all common second emotions that may arise from anxiety.
It may also cause issues with sleep, such as insomnia, along with poor concentration. Therefore, it is important that you speak to your therapist about any symptoms that may be reflective of an anxiety disorder so that proper treatment can be applied. A differential diagnosis must be made to assure that such disturbances are not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or another medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism).
As of present, the DSM-5 recognizes the following anxiety disorders. Each disorder differs by symptomology, and severity will vary across persons:
- Generalized anxiety disorder:
- Specific phobia:
- Social anxiety disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Selective mutism.