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Anxiety Disorders

Five Major Types of Anxiety Disorders

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the five major types of anxiety disorders are:

1) Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Generalized Anxiety Disorder, GAD, is an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it. 

2) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder -  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. 

3) Panic Disorder -  Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress. 

4) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder -  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat. 

5) Social Anxiety Disorder -  Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation - such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, or eating or drinking in front of others - or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime they are around other people. 



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

According to the American Psychiatry Association, multiple criterion must be met for one to be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (American Psychiatry Association, 2017):

1. The individual must have been exposed to a violent stressor, either directly, as a witness, or through a relative or close friend.

2. The individual must persistently re-experience the traumatic event, including but not limited to, flashbacks, nightmares, and other physical re-actions.

3. The individual presents with an exaggerated avoidance response as related to the trauma.

4. The individual presents with exaggerated negative thoughts or feelings stemming from said trauma.

5. The individual presents with multiple trauma-related arousal responses stemming from their specific event.

6. The symptoms last for more than one month.

7. The symptoms impair one’s functional ability.

8. The symptoms are not due to substance abuse or other illness..

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Alcohol Abuse

According to the Mayo Clinic ( ),   

Alcohol use disorder (which includes a level that's sometimes called alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.

Unhealthy alcohol use includes any alcohol use that puts your health or safety at risk or causes other alcohol-related problems. It also includes binge drinking — a pattern of drinking where a male consumes five or more drinks within two hours or a female downs at least four drinks within two hours. Binge drinking causes significant health and safety risks.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

 Cognitive  behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy   (psychotherapy). You work with a mental health counselor   (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited   number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or  negative  thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly  and  respond to them in a more effective way.