When the Worrying is Constant

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or fear. It's normal when a loved one is ill or a project is late, but when it spills over to everyday problems, or occurs every day, you could have an anxiety disorder. Read about generalized anxiety disorder ›

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is characterized by chronic, repeated, and unexpected panic attacks - bouts of overwhelming fear of being in danger when there is no specific cause for the fear. In-between panic attacks, persons with panic disorder worry excessively about when and where the next attack may occur.

Panic attacks can accompany several types of anxiety disorders - not only panic disorder. The following are the most common symptoms of a panic attack. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • pounding heart

  • sweating

  • trembling or shaking

  • shortness of breath

  • sensation of choking

  • nausea or abdominal pain

  • dizziness or lightheadedness

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Identify Your Life Stressors

Learning what brings on stress is the first step toward managing anxiety.

What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an unreasonable thought, fear, or worry that he or she tries to manage through a ritualized activity to reduce the anxiety. Frequently occurring disturbing thoughts or images are called obsessions, and the rituals performed to try to prevent or dispel them are called compulsions.

Obsessions are irrational thoughts, fears, or worries that frequently recur and cause great anxiety, but cannot be controlled through reasoning. Common obsessions include the following:

  • An extreme preoccupation with dirt or germs

  • Repeated doubts (for example, about having turned off the burners on a stove)

  • A need to have things in a very particular order

  • Thoughts about violence or hurting someone

  • Spending long periods of time touching things or counting

  • Preoccupation with order or symmetry

  • Persistent thoughts of performing repugnant sexual acts

  • Troubled by thoughts that are against personal religious beliefs

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More than 18 percent of American adults have some form of anxiety disorder-the most common mental illness in the United States.