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The 5 Major Types of Anxiety Disorders

March 30, 2022

Anxiety disorders come in many different forms, each with its own set of symptoms and methods of treatment. This article will explore the five major types of anxiety disorders, their symptoms, and available treatments.

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive, persistent worry about everyday things like finances, health, work, or family. People with GAD often feel like they can’t control their worry, which can lead to physical symptoms like fatigue, muscle tension, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. GAD is typically treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

  1. Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is characterized by recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack is a sudden surge of fear or anxiety that can come on without warning and peak within minutes. Panic attacks can cause physical symptoms like chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, and dizziness. Panic disorder is treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

  1. Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

Social anxiety disorder is characterized by extreme anxiety or fear of social situations, such as public speaking, performance anxiety, or meeting new people. People with SAD often avoid social situations altogether or endure them with intense fear and distress. SAD is typically treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

  1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by intrusive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive, ritualistic behaviors (compulsions) that are meant to ease anxiety. People with OCD often feel like they can’t control their thoughts or behaviors, which can lead to significant distress and interference in daily life. OCD is treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by intrusive memories, nightmares, flashbacks, and avoidance of anything that reminds the individual of the trauma. People with PTSD often feel frightened, helpless, or numb. PTSD is treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

TMS For Anxiety and Depression

If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, there is hope. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe and effective treatment for both conditions. TMS therapy uses magnetic fields to stimulate the brain and improve mood. TMS is FDA-cleared, non-invasive, and backed decades of research.

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