“Whenever I make arrangements to meet friends, I get there first. I hate getting there first, because I spend the next few minutes anxiously wondering if I’m in the right place or going to be stood up. But I never come late in case they don’t wait for me!”
Anxiety disorders come in a range of shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: if you’re suffering from one, day-to-day life can be exhausting. While some anxiety is normal and necessary, your anxiety prevents you from achieving your goals, making friends, and trying to pursue hobbies or projects you’ve always dreamed of doing. Maybe you experience panic attacks as well, which can feel overwhelming and debilitating.
You may feel very alone, but the truth is that 18% of Americans live with an anxiety disorder. At Mindful Care, we help many people like you ease and manage their pain with professional, compassionate urgent care for anxiety.
There are different types of anxiety disorders. These include:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
The most common type, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive concerns and often irrational fears about attending to day-to-day activities and events. You may struggle to perform at school or work, and feel inadequate at fulfilling familial responsibilities. Trying new activities causes immense worry, and you tend to avoid them. Some people with GAD also feel constant anxiety that something bad has happened or will happen to their loved ones. GAD can also lead to agoraphobia, the severe anxiety manifesting in a fear of leaving your house.
Panic Disorder and Anxiety
In addition to feeling anxiety in general, people suffering from panic disorder experience panic attacks. Panic attacks are episodes of intense fear that is felt physically and mentally. You may experience heart palpitations, sweating, shaking, hyperventilating, and numbness, along with the terror that something awful is going to happen.
Social Anxiety Disorder
“When I’m with a group of people I don’t know, I always want to contribute to the conversation and not seem like this quiet person with nothing to say. But finding something to say suddenly seems impossible, and when I do speak I start blushing and sweating, which is humiliating, and I blush and sweat even more.”
Social anxiety disorder is characterized by a fear of rejection and humiliation in a social setting. Social settings cause you intense anxiety and you might avoid them entirely. Many individuals suffering from social anxiety disorder involuntarily blush and sweat in social situations and this compounds their anxiety even once they have worked up the courage to join a conversation.
Phobias refer to excessive fear of certain objects or situations. Common phobias include fears of heights, spiders, and crowds. Being confronted by the object of your phobia may lead to a panic attack, and you may try to live your life in a way that allows you to avoid it at all costs.