Anxiety Disorders

Whether it is a problem at work, making an important decision, or before an exam, having occasional anxiety is a normal part of everyone’s lives. For people with anxiety disorders, on the other hand, it is not just a temporary worry or fear, as their anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. These feelings typically interfere with their day to day lives, creating problems in school, jobs, and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorders include:
-Restlessness or feeling on edge
-Easily fatigued
-Difficulty concentrating or going blank
-Irritability
-Muscle tension
-Difficulty controlling the worry
-Difficulty falling or staying asleep, or unsatisfying sleep
Symptoms of Panic Disorder include:
-Sudden, repeated periods of intense fear
-Feelings of being out of control
-Intense worry about when the next attack will occur
-Fear or avoidance of places of past panic attacks
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder include:
-Highly anxious feeling about being around other people and difficulty talking to them
-Feeling self-conscious around others
-Worry about feeling embarrassed or rejected, or fear of offending others
-Afraid of judgment from others
-Worrying about events where other people will be for days or weeks before the actual event
-Avoiding places where other people are
-Hard time making and keeping friends
-Blushing, sweating, trembling around others
-Nauseous or sick to stomach feeling around others
 
If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, the psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy are here to help. Please contact our Paramus, NJ office at (201) 368-3700, or our Manhattan, NY office at (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment, or visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/ for more information.

Sources:
National Institute of Mental Health (2013). Anxiety Disorders. Retrieved March 20, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml.

By: Jennifer B.

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