Defining anxiety disorders

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Anxiety disorders come in many forms. In the following sections, I outline the most common, their symptoms, and how they are treated.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Many people (about 6.8 million adults in the United States, according to the NIMH) suffer powerlessness, compounded with foreboding caused by generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). They suffer from relentless worry and fear and may have nausea, muscle aches, fatigue, and irritability. GAD differs from depression, a feeling of emotional flatness and hopelessness. Think of the anxious person as running around in circles, while the depressed person lies on the couch, having given up.

Chronic-panic disorder

Some individuals (about 6 million adults in the United States, according to the NIMH), including some patients with FMS, suffer from chronic-panic disorder, characterized by panic attacks with a racing heart and a feeling of impending doom. They may experience profuse sweating and think they're having a heart attack, increasing their anxiety further.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

According to the NIMH, about 2.2 million American adults suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). People with OCD may constantly count things or wash their hands, among other symptoms. They can't stop themselves. TV's Monk is an example of a person with OCD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

According to the NIMH, about 7.7 million American adults suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals with PTSD may periodically relive former traumatic experiences, such as combat, sexual assaults, childhood abuse, or other events. They may also become emotionally empty. PTSD increases the risk for fibromyalgia. In a study of 1,259 female military veterans with and without PTSD (reported in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2004), the 266 female vets with PTSD had a greater rate of fibromyalgia (19.2 percent) than female vets without PTSD (8 percent).

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Getting to Know Anxiety

Getting to Know Anxiety

Stop Letting Anxiety Rule Your Life And Take Back The Control You Desire Right Now! You don't have to keep letting your anxiety disorder run your life. You can take back your inner power and change your life for the better starting today! In order to have control of a thing, you first must understand it. And that is what this handy little guide will help you do. Understand this illness for what it is. And, what it isn't.

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