Anxiety Disorders : Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorder, also known as (GAD) is one of the several types of anxiety disorders. GAD according to our textbook (Lahey) is an uneasy sense of general tension and apprehension for no apparent reason that makes the individual highly uncomfortable because of its prolonged presence. GAD is much more than the normal anxiety people experience day to day. Without provoking, it is chronic and exaggerated worry and tension. This disorder can involve anticipating disaster, often worrying excessively about health, money, family or work. Sometimes, though, just the thought of getting through the day brings anxiety. What are the major kinds of anxiety disorders? There are several major types of anxiety disorders, each with its own characteristics. • Panic disorder- sudden intense and unprovoked feelings of terror and dread. People who suffer from this disorder generally develop strong fears about when and where their next panic attack will occur, and often restrict their activities as a result. • Related disorder- involves phobias, or intense fears about certain objects or situations. Specific phobias may, involve things such as encountering certain animals or flying in airplanes, while social phobias involve fear of social settings or public places. • Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD) - is characterized by persistent, uncontrollable and unwanted feelings or thoughts (obsessions) and routines or rituals (compulsions) in which individuals engage to try to prevent or rid themselves of these thoughts. In example of common compulsions include washing hands or cleaning repeatedly for fear of germs. Anxiety disorder is psychological disorders that involve excessive levels of negative emotions, such as... ... middle of paper ... ...some level of normal or moderate anxiety because life brings about unpredictable events and situations. In a school setting students may experience anxiety from bullying, being judged or criticized by others, not initiating social interactions with others, feelings of worthiness, low academic achievement etc.. providing skills and techniques to help them cope with these stressors can reduce how anxiety can dictate how they live their life. In closing I was injured in a pedestrian accident in December 2013, I was struck by a truck and my leg was run over. I suffered a fractured and broken fibula and tibula had to get a rod and four screws implanted in my leg. For a long time I was very fearful of myself or my child walking in a parking lot or to see the type of truck that struck me in traffic made me nervous. I believe in a since I experienced GAD or related disorder.

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