Anxiety Essay

1203 Words Mar 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Nichole Arnold
Christopher Parker
English 101-U3
March 11, 2015
All about Anxiety Do you know anybody who suffers from anxiety? 40 million people in the United States who are over the age of 17 suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder. That is one in five people in this country with this illness, which means that it is highly likely that somebody around you has anxiety. It is the most common mental illness in the United States. (adaa.org) Anxiety is defined as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” Although worrying and a certain amount of anxiety is a normal and expected thing, people with this illness have excessive worry and unease. The anxiety is
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(helpguide.org) Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessively worrying about something that is unlikely to ever happen. The worry is so intense that it interferes with somebody’s daily activities and makes it hard to function. People who suffer from anxiety attacks have intense moments of fear or panic. The attacks occur suddenly. The fear that suffers feel during the attacks are so severe that the person may feel like they are dying and cannot breath. Obsessive compulsive disorder is when somebody has to repeatedly do something or perform rituals or routines repeatedly. When OCD is severe it causes a disturbance in an individual’s life. A phobia is where a person has an intense fear of something that has very little chance of actually doing harm to them. Most people who have phobias know that they are unreasonable, but the fear is out of their control and they cannot stop being fearful of it. Social anxiety order has to do with somebody’s ability to socialize with others. Individuals with social anxiety are fearful of being judged by others. They are afraid that they will embarrass themselves in front of other people, so they tend to keep to themselves to prevent that from happening. Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs after a traumatic

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