The world of mental health is large. It is so large, in fact, that many people become overwhelmed with the amounts and sources of information. Though this response is common, it does not help you when your goal is to learn as much as you can about a condition or a group of disorders. What you need is clear information without the extra distractions. With this, you can learn if you or someone in your life has a condition that needs professional treatment or if your feelings are expected experiences in life.
All of the mental health disorders are compiled into a text called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and separated by common symptoms, causes and treatments. Categories include schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders and anxiety disorders among others. Let’s take a look at the types of anxiety disorders in simple terms to better understand the signs and symptoms.
1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD is a great place to start. When most people think about anxiety, this is what they imagine. The main symptom of GAD is the uncontrollable, excessive worry that last for more than six months. The worry could be about people or situations. The worry can even be about objects. GAD is marked by several physical symptoms like being restless, being easily tired and having tense muscles. People with GAD are usually rigid while sitting or moving. They won’t appear relaxed or comfortable. Aside from the worry, another group of symptoms focus on the thoughts of the person. They include irritability and trouble concentrating. Because the worry takes up so many resources, the person will be quick to anger with poor attention to the world around them.