Which ones are the most common anxiety disorders, and why is that?

The most common is GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER. People who have GAD, worry and panic about daily, simple, routine situations, constantly living in fear of something happening to them or someone they know, not only is the excessive, illogical, dread and panic obviously frightening but it undoubtedly becomes all consuming and can prevent the sufferer from everyday activities, including work and can interfere with a lot of relationships, because GAD just makes you want to isolate .

SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER (also called social phobia) is a mental health condition. It is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear can affect work, school, and your other day-to-day activities. It can even make it hard to make and keep friends.

When you ask why is that? I’m assuming you are asking why people have anxiety…

There are so many different reasons but just to name a few…

Personality traits:

  • Perfectionists or want to control everything.
  • Lack of self-esteem/confidence
  • Shy

Difficult or stressful life events:

  • Verbal, emotional, physical, sexual abuse
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Family/relationship problems
  • ANY shock after a traumatic event.

Physical and other Mental Health conditions:

Chronic physical illnesses such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep apnea and asthma .

Whilst anxiety can be diagnosed alone, it can also be diagnosed with multiple other anxiety disorders, for example Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) and often it is diagnosed with depression.

Substance Abuse:

Unfortunately some people who have anxiety start to self medicate by ways of alcohol and other drugs , this not only leads to addiction but also becomes a DUAL DIAGNOSIS, more often than not Anxiety, Depression and Substance abuse go hand in hand and magnify and aggravate each other.

Samuel Whyte

A psychology enthusiast, interested in movies, painting,psychology, hiking, workout etc.

Speaks Chinese and English.

Currently lives in Shanghai, China.

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