When people think about phobias, they tend to think that there are only small amounts of people who have these disorders. However, “anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year,” and “about 8 percent of teens ages 13–18 have an anxiety disorder.” (“What is Anxiety Disorder?”, the National Institute of Mental Health) and that doesn’t even factor in the rest of the world. Yet, most of the general populace doesn’t know that there are different kinds of anxiety disorders are and what some of the symptoms of an anxiety disorder are.
Some of the main aspects of an anxiety disorder are: A person can recognize that their fears or irrational, but still have a strong reaction when exposed to the situation/object/event; that a person will go out of their way to avoid the situation/object/even that they fear, and that this avoidance behavior is getting in the way of that person’s life. (“DSM-5 Definition of Social Anxiety Disorder”, Social Anxiety Institute).
Once psychologists diagnose a person with Anxiety Disorder, they will put them under at least one of the three major categories: Simple/Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety, and Agoraphobia.
Simple/Specific Phobias are what people generally think of first, like arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) or “germ-a-phobic” (Msyophobia). As its name suggests, a simple/specific phobia is a phobia that is centered on a specified situation, object, event, etc. There is almost an unlimited amount of phobias that have been recorded, such as Cherophobia, which is the fear of being happy (The Phobia List), or Decidophobia, which is the fear of making decisions (The Phobia List).
Out of the 40 million people that suffer from Anxiety Disor...
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... some time and learn about the different kinds and the effects and symptoms of Anxiety Disorder.
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