Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million people over the age of 18 in the country in 2005. (18% of U.S Population).
Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
With Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), the patient is anxious or nervous about nothing in particular and may become fearful for no apparent reason. Common concerns may include health, family, and money.
Anxiety Based Phobias:
The person with anxiety based phobias is fearful of particular objects or events. Common phobias include arachnophobia (fear of spiders), acrophobia (fear of heights), and claustrophobia (fear of closed-in spaces).
Someone with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) will attempt to relive particular anxieties by performing rituals or repeat behaviors. For example, people with mysophobia (fear of germs) may wash their hands over and over in a single day.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is encountered after someone goes through a traumatic event such as physical assault, death of a loved one, or war. They may experience flashbacks to the events, along with increased fear and irritability.
Someone with panic disorder will experience panic attacks that seemingly come out of nowhere, and will fear the coming of another attack. Symptoms include a sudden feeling of terror, along with physical reactions such as increased heartbeat, dizziness, numbness or sweating.