There are a number of ways that you can experience anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling unease, worry or fear and all of us will experience it at some time. Just think about exams or your driving test!
Where fear is taking over your life you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Anxious attachment style
You want to feel secure in your closest relationships but you may have an anxious attachment style which means that you do not see yourself as very desirable and then are hyper-vigilant for signs of rejection. If you partner has an dismissive relationship style then you will not relax and feel secure.
GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
GAD is where you experience out-of-control anxiety about everything on a daily basis making your stress levels rocket and make you feel distressed. Complete this short questionnaire to find out if you have GAD.
Key indicators of GAD are:
- Excessive anxiety on most days about several subjects which lasts for at least six months;
- The anxiety is difficult to control;
- You are experiencing three of the following: restlessness; edginess; easily tired; find it difficult to concentrate; your minds goes blank (often); irritability; muscle tension and trouble sleeping.
- The anxiety makes daily life hard;
- The symptoms do not relate to other medical conditions, medication or substance abuse;
- There are no other mental health issues to explain it
Panic Disorder is characterised by repeated, unexpected panic attacks where you feel you are going to die. Panic attacks can be a sign of extreme stress in response to a trigger. If you have repeated, unexpected panic attack you should seek medical advice.
The fear of another panic attack can stop you from leading a normal life as you avoid situations and places which you think might be triggers. Take this short questionnaire to see if you have panic disorder.
(PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is a disorder caused by a traumatic event such as an accident, a difficult birth, or a mugging. It is most often associated with military service where individuals experienced intense fear, helplessness, or horror and was unable to lower stress level to where they were before the trauma. Not every traumatic event will lead you to experience PTSD but you are more likely to if you have poor social support and cannot find a low-stress environment immediately after the event. Take this short questionnaire to see if you have PTSD.
(SAD) Social Anxiety Disorder
If the fear of a social encounter stresses you to the point where it is difficult to socialise, work or form relationships then you may have SAD. You will be fearful if being judged or rejected or embarrass others. You will know that this fear is excessive but still avoid social situations. Your anxiety affects your life and well being. Take this short questionnaire to see if you have SAD.