3 types of anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a natural emotion that every human experiences at one time or another. However, when anxiety becomes overwhelming or debilitating, it's a disorder that should be treated by a professional.

Read more information from the National Institute of Mental Health about these three common anxiety disorders:

1. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

Chronic worrying and anxiety when there is little specific reason to is one feature of generalized anxiety disorder. People with GAD may have trouble controlling constant worries, may not be able to relax and may be easily startled. More than 6 million Americans suffer from GAD, according to NIMH.

2. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Reoccurring unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors such as washing one's hands frequently, needlessly counting or checking things are all indications of obsessive-compulsive disorder. NIMH estimates that OCD affects about 2.2. million Americans.

3. Panic disorder

Surprise bouts of intense fear, terror or panic accompanies with dizziness, faintness or weakness are hallmarks of panic disorder. NIMH reports that an estimated 6 million Americans are affected by panic disorders, and it's twice as common in women than men.

With all three disorders, effective treatment can result from psychotherapy and/or prescription medication from a qualified mental health professional such as a psychiatrist. If you believe you or a loved one suffers from any of these disorders, talking with an Indianapolis psychiatrist may be one way to seek effective treatment.

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