Understanding Anxiety Disorders: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

What is anxiety?

• Anxiety vs. Stress• Feelings of anxiety are feeling like something bad is going to happen and feelings of stress is from an external demand. • Thoughts?• Bodily reactions: “fight or flight or freeze” • Activation of the sympathetic nervous system (S= Stress) • Activation of the Parasympathetic nervous system (P= Peace)

Anxiety is a normal and common emotion that is experienced in response to perceived threats or stressors. It is a feeling of worry, nervousness, and unease that can be accompanied by physical sensations such as rapid heart rate, sweating, and tremors. Anxiety becomes a problem when it is excessive and persistent, leading to intense discomfort and impairment in daily life. Types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Treatment options for anxiety disorders may include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.

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