The 5 most common anxiety disorders
Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States but less than 25% of Americans with anxiety disorders receive any kind of treatment for their condition. The five most common anxiety conditions are:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is excessive anxiety or worry, occurring more days than not for six months or more.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a preoccupation with specific thoughts, images and/or impulses, sometimes accompanied by behavioral and/or thinking rituals (repetitive behaviors).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is repeated, anxious reliving of an event that entailed experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as violence, emotional or bodily harm, or death.
Specific Phobia is consuming fear of a specific object or situation, often accompanied by extreme anxiety symptoms.
Panic Disorder is recurrent, unexpected attack of acute anxiety, typically peaking within 10 minutes but possibly lasting much longer. Such panic may occur in a familiar situation, such as a crowded elevator or flying in an airplane, but often the cause seems unclear.
Approaches to anxiety treatment
Treatment standards for anxiety disorders have improved dramatically in the last fifteen years. Strategies may include:
- Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Lifestyle Changes
- Spiritual Direction/Development
Getting help for anxiety
Many of our therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, and they will work with you to develop a plan that may involve a mixture of these treatment models. If you are suffering with an anxiety problem we welcome the opportunity to help you reduce or eliminate symptoms altogether so you can live your life with confidence, enjoyment and peace.