Three of the Most Common Anxiety Disorders: A Mini Guide

Anxiety is a natural response to fear and worry. It hits everyone once in a while and it’s okay. However, it isn’t okay if you feel anxious most of your day, every day. Such a condition indicates the presence of an anxiety disorder. 

Sadly, anxiety disorders have become quite common these days and what’s more alarming is that a lot of people fail to seek treatment. To help raise awareness on the topic, I’ve decided to share with you three of the most common anxiety disorders. They are as follows: 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder 

It is one of the most severe anxiety disorders out there. Characterized by excessive and frequent anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder affects everyone, regardless of age and gender. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), generalized anxiety disorder affects 6.8 million adults in the US. The worst part of the story is that it often co-occurs with major depressive disorder. 

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Uncontrollable anxiety most of the day 
  • Excessive sweating and trembling
  • Recurring digestive issues and muscle tension 
  • Fatigue and feeling of mind going blank 
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep 
  • Being irritable or cranky 

Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) 
  • Beta-blockers and muscle relaxants 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) 
  • Herbs and plants, including plus CBD gummies and chamomile

Social Anxiety Disorder 

Social anxiety disorder is another common anxiety disorder. The symptoms of social anxiety disorder usually begin in early childhood and the disorder ages with you as you get old. It happens because most people ignore its symptoms, calling the child an introvert. 

As mentioned by the National Institute of Mental Health, around 15 million people in the US have social anxiety disorder. It is further said that 75% of people with social anxiety disorder have the onset of symptoms before the age of 12. 

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Not socializing because of anxiety 
  • Intense fear of embarrassing yourself 
  • Worrying for days before and after an event 
  • Feeling dizzy and lightheadedness 
  • Nausea, shaking or trembling 
  • Needing alcohol to face people 

Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 
  • Muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety medications 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) 
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP)
  • Stress inoculation training 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly referred to as OCD, is also a pretty common anxiety disorder. Though it’s a neurological disorder, it is counted as an anxiety disorder because of its mixed symptoms. 

As per statistics, every one in 40 adults has obsessive-compulsive disorder in the US. It is also said that 50% of adults with OCD have serious impairments and only 15% of adults have mild impairments. 

Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Obsessive thoughts about certain things or people 
  • Repeating words in your head 
  • Constantly needing social validation 
  • Ordering and arranging everything 
  • Frequently cleaning and hand washing 
  • Hoarding on clothes or other things 

Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) 
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP) 
  • OCD support groups 

Apart from the ones mentioned above, several phobias are common these days. In fact, everyone has a different phobia nowadays and it’s something that affects their everyday life. Keep reading about it and be sure to seek treatment. Get better soon!