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Types, Symptoms, and Treatments of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health disorders that often disrupt day-to-day functioning. Worry and fear become persistent and overwhelming, but with proper treatment, people with anxiety disorders are able to lead fulfilling lives.
After experiencing a panic attack(s), the fear of having another one can lead to panic disorder. Panic attacks occur without warning and cause feelings of utter terror.
Also known as social phobia, social anxiety disorder develops when an individual feels overwhelming feelings of self-consciousness in everyday social situations.
Phobias occur when a person feels intense fear due to a specific object or
Frequent, extreme worrying interferes with everyday life.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders include, but are not limited to, the following:
Antidepressants are often effective treatments for anxiety disorders. Anticonvulsant medications as well as low dose antipsychotic drugs may also be prescribed in combination with other medications. Anxiolytics also help to lower anxiety.
Psychotherapy helps an individual understand their emotional reaction to anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps people recognize and change thought patterns that trigger anxiety or panic. CBT is very effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders.