While panic attacks may come to mind when you think of stress, there are a number of other stress and anxiety disorders that can affect your lifestyle. Each one is a little different from the others.
Some anxiety panic disorders are known as phobias, which simply means that you are afraid of something. You might be afraid of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), heights, spiders or even clowns.
Here are a few different anxiety disorders that you may have heard of:
Common Stress and Anxiety Disorders
Panic Attacks – An anxiety panic attack happens unexpectedly, and out of the blue. They last for 2-20 minutes, the average being about 10 minutes. If you experience a panic attack, it can be very frightening. You can learn more about anxiety and panic attack symptoms here, including what it feels like to have a panic attack.
Panic Disorder – You might have one isolated panic attack, but, if you keep having anxiety and panic attacks, you have a panic disorder.
When people have had anxiety panic attacks in certain situations they begin to fear having another panic attack when they are in a place or a situation.
A person who has a panic disorder will try to avoid having a panic attack. To do so, he might change his routine or behaviors. He might avoid a specific place or stop doing a certain activity.
Panic symptoms can be brought on by the use of substances, such as caffeine or marijuana. And medications like Celexa and Zoloft have warnings that their use may cause panic attacks.
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Agoraphobia – Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder where a person is fearful of being in a particular place or situation that is inescapable–and they feel panic.
Some examples would be going to the movies, being in crowds, using public transportation. I have a friend who always sits in the closest seat to the exit door in a public place (like a theatre), and she always knows the location of every exit in a building.
People with agoraphobia tend to avoid situations where they feel panic or discomfort so that they won’t experience the discomfort or distress.
Agoraphobia is similar to anxiety panic disorder, but it is not the same thing. Hypnosis also works to help you overcome agoraphobia.
Specific Phobia – Phobias are fear of a situation or object–on steroids. In other words, the fear is out of proportion to the situation or circumstances.
People with a specific phobia will avoid certain objects or situations. If you have avoided a specific circumstance or thing for at least 6 months, then you may have a phobia.
Specific phobias can include fear of dogs, fear of spiders, fear of clowns, fear of a thunder storm, fear of injections, fear of flying, fear of heights and fear of choking or vomiting. Phobias respond to hypnosis and desensitization.
Generalized anxiety disorder – When you have generalized anxiety disorder, you worry excessively about events like speaking in public, your performance at work, whether someone cares about you, your finances or the health and safety of your spouse or children.
Sometimes a person is diagnosed with this panic disorder after a traumatic event, and the disorder is temporary. Usually, in this case, a person is able to pull his life together and get back to normal.
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Social Phobia – People with a social phobia are afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing–and being embarrassed by their own behavior. In fact, they often avoid social situations, because they are so sure that they will do or say something embarrassing.
A person with social phobia will be worried and frightened by situations that others don’t think twice about. She might avoid filling out a form, ordering in a restaurant, speaking in a group, introducing herself, interviewing for a job, going on a date or even working out at the gym.
If this is a problem for you, hypnosis can help.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – If you have this panic anxiety disorder, you have obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are thoughts that you can’t get rid of–they are persistent and they are caused by your anxiety or distress.
Obsessions can be in the form of intrusive thoughts, mental images or impulsive behavior or thoughts. For example, you may repeat, over and over in your mind, meeting a new person. You keep thinking of what you said and did, and what you “should have said and done”.
Compulsions are actions that you can’t stop doing. People with OCD have repetitive acts and excessive behavior while trying to reduce or get rid of anxiety or obsessive thoughts.
For example, a person with this anxiety disorder might continuously wash her hands, clean the bathroom four times a day or count the ceiling tiles in the doctor’s waiting room while waiting to be seen by the physician. They can’t stop doing it.
This hypnosis program can help with obsessive compulsive disorder.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – People with post-traumatic stress disorder have experienced intense fear, helplessness or horror during traumatic events–usually events where they or someone else was seriously hurt or killed. An example would be an experience during war combat, or being in a serious automobile accident.
Many people who experience a traumatic event naturally recover, but in some instances they develop PTSD.
Events that sometimes lead to PTSD are physical abuse, sexual abuse, combat trauma, natural disasters and accidents.
Symptoms of PTSD are re-experiencing symptoms of the event (going over and over the event in your mind), avoiding some situations, having difficulty sleeping, mood swings and over-reacting to sounds or situations. The memory can resurface anytime and the person can relive the horror of the incident again.
Post traumatic stress disorder is a more complicated problem. If you suffer from PTSD, please consider getting help from an experienced professional.