Stress and anxiety helps individuals face threats, along with challenging circumstances, and it also helps individuals to deal with external threats. Nevertheless, some people are not so lucky as you and I, because they have to suffer from anxiety that persists over time, and which is also mostly irrational.

Such individuals are considered to be suffering from a condition known as an anxiety disorder which has a variety of causes, as well as causes that in turn, when studied, helps physicians identify the sort of anxiety disorder an individual is experiencing.

The most common kind of anxiety condition is the one that is described as general anxiety disorder (GAD), which has characteristics such as lengthy durations of anxiety that is unjustified, but still present over a time frame. GAD is a condition in which the person experiencing it is incapable of describing their stress and anxiety, and which is an issue that also seems to affect women more than men. Typically, this form of anxiety disorder lasts for about six months, and it continues and causes the sufferer to experience dizziness, headaches, as well as become insomniacs, and there is also some amount of palpitation of the heart felt also.

Some people establish particular fears, and this type of anxiety disorder is unique in that the sufferer is not able to find a reason for their irrational fear of specific objects or scenarios. It is not the same as regular fears that most people experience, as the fear being felt in this case is intense, and causes nauseous sensations, along with shortness of breath, hand shaking, and a palpitating heart.

Another kind of anxiety disorder is the one described as post-traumatic stress disorder that occurs in individuals that have suffered a severe and emotionally upsetting, traumatic experience such as having undergone a threat to their lives, or even having experienced somebody’s death. Occasionally, such people come into contact with particular stimuli that cause them to link the stimulus with the past distressing activity and this in turn will cause a post-traumatic stress disorder.

Other forms of anxiety disorder consist of obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorders, and social fears. Individuals that are affected by obsessive-compulsive disorders will have a continuous fixation and/or compulsion, where undesirable thoughts and images preoccupy their minds, and any attempt to suppress these thoughts will lead to the exacerbation of the thoughts, rather than the suppression of the disturbing thoughts.

Panic disorders have certain traits such as the reappearance of panic attacks that happen suddenly. Social fears cause a person to believe that they are the center of everyone’s attention, even when that is not the case.

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