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Anxiety is a mental and bodily state of anticipating the worst. It is characterized mentally by elevated alertness and apprehension twisted into excruciating worry, and physically by uncomfortable activation of several body systems—all to facilitate response to an unknown danger, real or imagined.
The cognitive thoughts of dread in expectation of a terrible outcome, as well as physical symptoms like jitteriness and a racing heart, are intended to cause discomfort. Anxiety is designed to draw your attention and motivate you to make the necessary changes to defend what you value. Anxiety is normal and can even be beneficial on occasion. Anxiety might be thought of as the price we humans pay for being able to imagine the future.
When anxiety turns into a disorder
However, chronic, pervasive, or exaggerated anxiety can impede daily life, whether at school, work, or with friends—a symptom of an anxiety disorder. Almost one-third of adults in the United States will experience uncontrollable anxiety at some point in their lives.
Anxiety is frequently associated with depression, and the two share many symptoms as well as many of the same brain pathways. Biology, as well as developmental experiences such as early trauma and parenting methods such as overprotection, can all contribute to anxiety vulnerability.
It is neither possible nor desirable to completely eradicate anxiety, as it performs an important role in keeping us alert and alive. The treatment is designed to keep anxiety under control. Anxiety can be successfully managed with counselling, medication, or both. Lifestyle changes, such as frequent exercise and deep breathing, are also crucial in anxiety management.
Bipolar disorder, often known as manic depression, is a continuously recurrent condition characterized by mood swings between mania and depression. Depression is by far the most common symptom of the condition. The manic phase is characterized by irritation, rage, and depression, with or without euphoria. When euphoria is present, it might appear as extraordinary energy and overconfidence, which can express as overspending or promiscuity, among other behaviors.
The disorder most commonly manifests itself in young adulthood, however, it can also manifest itself in children and adolescents. Misdiagnosis is prevalent; the disease is frequently misdiagnosed as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder. Certain individuals are undoubtedly predisposed to the disorder due to biological causes, and situations such as sleep deprivation can set off manic episodes.
Bipolar disorder is classified into two types: Bipolar I and Bipolar II. A major depressive episode may or may not be associated with bipolar I, although it is associated with bipolar II. People who have bipolar I have experienced at least one manic episode, which can be severe and necessitate hospitalization. People with bipolar II often experience a significant depressive episode that lasts at least two weeks, as well as hypomania, a mild to moderate mania that does not usually necessitate hospitalization.
Borderline personality disorder is characterized by impulsivity and instability. The phrase derives from being on the “border” of psychosis—those suffering from the condition appear to have a distorted perception of reality.
Relationships, emotions, and self-concept are all affected by instability. People with BPD, who are afraid of abandonment, cling to those close to them, want reassurance and reinforcement, and are agitated by seemingly minor changes. Emotion outbursts, severe mood swings, hopelessness, paranoia, self-harm, and suicidality can accompany emotional and self-concept turmoil; 10% of persons with the condition commit suicide.
BPD is most commonly diagnosed in youth or early adulthood. According to the NIMH, it affects approximately 1.6 percent of U.S. people, however other estimates bring the frequency closer to 6 percent.
Individuals and their loved ones can navigate the condition if they commit to treatment with patience and perseverance. Different types of therapy, including dialectical behavior therapy, and drugs to manage symptoms can help people with BPD live a more fulfilling life.
Depression, the mood illness, may appear out of nowhere, or it may follow a defeat or personal loss, resulting in persistent emotions of despair, worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness, pessimism, or guilt. Depression also has an impact on focus, motivation, and other areas of daily functioning.
Depression is the largest cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. More than 300 million people of all ages worldwide are affected by the condition. And the disorder’s prevalence is rising everywhere. Americans are preoccupied with happiness, but they are becoming progressively depressed: Around 15 million Americans suffer from the condition, with a growing percentage of them being young individuals.
Depression manifests itself in a variety of ways, ranging from serious depression to dysthymia and seasonal affective disorder. Bipolar disorder is also characterized by depressive periods.
Depression is a complicated disorder that affects numerous body systems, including the immune system, as either a cause or an effect. It interferes with appetite and interrupts sleep; in some situations, it produces weight loss; in others, it contributes to weight gain. Anxiety is frequently associated with depression. According to research, the two disorders not only co-occur but also overlap in vulnerability patterns.
Eating disorders are mental illnesses defined by unhealthy, compulsive, or disordered eating habits. Anorexia nervosa (voluntary starvation), bulimia nervosa (binge-eating followed by purging), binge-eating disorder (binge-eating without purging), and other or undefined eating disorders are examples of eating disorders (disordered eating patterns that do not fit into another category).
Eating disorders are more common in affluent cultures than in less affluent cultures, but they are not limited to the wealthy. Although young women in their teens and twenties make up a disproportionate percentage of people diagnosed, anyone, including young males and older adults of any gender, might acquire an eating disorder. Eating disorders can become all-consuming, requiring those suffering from them to focus solely on eating (or not eating) to the detriment of much else in their lives.
According to research, people with generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder have heightened sensitivity to negative feedback and learn more under such settings. However, the parallels may end there. Generalized anxiety disorder can incorporate any worry in any of life’s key categories, including health, finances, and employment.
Social anxiety disorder is characterized by a specific worry—negative judgment by others—and it manifests only in social situations. Scientists now know that optimism and anxiety are linked. It has long been recognized that most people are fundamentally oriented toward a positive attitude in life. Recent research, however, indicates that this prejudice does not exist in studies that suffer from generalized anxiety. People who suffer from social anxiety, on the other hand, are generally optimistic.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) manifests itself in a variety of ways, from hoarding to handwashing to constantly monitoring the stove. It is an anxiety disorder that traps people in a cycle of repeating thoughts and behavioral habits that can be completely incapacitating.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 2% of the population suffers from OCD, which is more than those who suffer from other mental diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder. OCD can begin in childhood, but it is more common throughout adolescence or early adulthood. Scientists believe that unwanted, intrusive thoughts and compulsive activity patterns that placate those unwanted thoughts are caused by both a neurological predisposition and environmental variables.
Although the severity of the symptoms may wax and wane over time, the disorder is typically chronic, lasting years, if not decades. Both pharmaceutical and behavioral therapies, particularly Exposure and Response Prevention, have proven to be successful treatments for people with OCD, allowing them to live happy and fulfilling lives.
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According to the DSM-5, panic disorder is defined as sudden and repeated panic attacks—episodes of intense fear and discomfort that reach a peak within a few minutes—during which the individual experiences physical symptoms such as chest pain, heart palpitations, breathlessness, vertigo, or abdominal distress, sometimes accompanied by the fear of losing control or dying. The symptoms may resemble those of a heart attack or other potentially fatal medical condition. Panic disorder is frequently diagnosed after other serious illnesses have been ruled out by medical tests or emergency department visits.
Panic disorder affects roughly 2% to 3% of American adolescents and adults, and it affects women twice as much as males. Panic attacks are common in young adulthood, although not everyone who has one panic attack develops the disorder.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stress-related disorder that can develop after witnessing or experiencing an incident or ordeal in which death or serious physical harm happened or was threatened. Military personnel, rescue workers, and survivors of shootings, bombings, violence, and rape are among those affected by the disorder. Through vicarious trauma, family members of victims can develop the disorder as well.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 6.8 percent of American adults develop PTSD during their lifetime. PTSD can strike anyone at any age, including children. Women are more likely than men to develop the disorder, and there is some indication that it runs in families. Depression, substance use disorder, and anxiety disorders are usually associated with PTSD. The likelihood of successful treatment increases when additional illnesses are correctly detected and addressed.