Generalized anxiety disorder is among the most common concerns we treat and includes symptoms such as chronic worry, tension, insomnia, poor concentration, irritability, and lethargy. Often, those with GAD also struggle with co-occuring substance use problems and/or depression.
The hallmark sign of social phobia is an individual's fear of criticism, judgment, or social scrutiny that leads to intense worry, tension, preoccupied thinking, and often avoidance of one or more social settings.
Having recurrent panic attacks and/or a general fear of having future panic attacks is indicative of panic disorder. Symptoms of panic may include hyperventilating, tension, feeling that something terrible is happening or about to happen, sweating, disoriented thinking, and avoidance.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may include obsessions, compulsive behavior, or both and often includes symptoms such as continual checking and rechecking of locks, email, thermostats, or otherwise, as well as significant ruminating behavior and "rethinking" behavior that is unyielding, unless a certain condition is met (such as checking, counting, cleaning, or another ritual).
Specific phobias may include an unreasonable fear or avoidance of specific stimuli (e.g. spiders, water, blood, or dogs) or situation (e.g. flying, going to school, elevators, or concerts).
In order to qualify as a phobia, and not merely a fear, the avoidance and level of distress must be culturally inappropriate or unexpected by others and must interfere with social, academic, or occupational tasks.
Trauma and traumatic events may lead to ongoing and pervasive symptoms that significantly interfere with ones life. Symptoms of PTSD include explosive anger, avoidance of environmental triggers, flashbacks, sleep impairment, intrusive memories, nightmares, and dissociating.
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