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Types of anxiety disorders

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

If you’re suffering from GAD, you worry excessively about ordinary issues such as health, work, money, and family, and you have these worries almost every day for at least six months.

People with GAD may:

  • Feel restless and have trouble relaxing
  • Have difficulty concentrating
  • Are easily startled
  • Have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Feel tired all the time or tire easily

You may also experience:

  • Muscle aches, headaches, stomach aches or other unexplained pains
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Twitch or tremble
  • Irritability or feeling on edge
  • Feelings of lightheadedness, sweating, being out of breath
  • Going to the bathroom frequently

The risk for GAD can run in families.

Panic disorder

People with panic disorders have panic attacks. These are sudden, repeated intervals of intense fear when there isn’t any danger. Panic attacks come on quickly and can last for several minutes or longer. You might feel like you’re losing control. There might also be physical symptoms such as:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Stomach or chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness or weakness
  • Sweating
  • Feeling overheated or a cold chill
  • Numb or tingly hands

Panic attacks can happen anywhere, anytime and without any warning. Some people live in fear of another attack and avoid places where they’ve had an attack. For some, the fear takes over so much they can’t leave home.

This anxiety disorder is more common in women than men. Usually, it begins when people are young adults. It sometimes starts when a person is under a lot of stress. Most people that suffer from panic attacks do improve when they get help with anxiety disorder.


People with phobias have intense fears of things that offer little or no real danger. The fear may be about flying, crowded places, spiders, or social situations (known as social anxiety).

There are specific phobias, such as:

  • Acrophobia–fear of heights
  • Agoraphobia–fear of public places
  • Claustrophobia–fear of closed-in places
  • Gephyrophobia–fear of tunnels and bridges
  • Aquaphobia–the fear of water
  • Aerophobia–fear of flying
  • Hemophobia–fear of blood

People with phobias often try to avoid whatever they’re afraid of. It that’s not possible, they may experience:

  • Fear and panic
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • A strong eagerness to get away

Typically, phobias start in children or teens and continue into adulthood. The origination of specific phobias is not known, but sometimes they run in families.

Social anxiety disorder (SAD)

With social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, simple, everyday interactions with others cause serious anxiety, self-consciousness, and embarrassment because of the fear of being judged negatively by others.

SAD can be a chronic mental health condition but learning coping skills in therapy and taking medications can help improve the ability to interact with others.

Treatments for anxiety disorders

The main treatments for anxiety disorders are psychotherapy (also called talk therapy), medication, or both. Complementary approaches like psychological treatments, such as meditation, and physical treatments, have also been shown to help with anxiety disorders. At Renewed Light we take a whole-person approach to treating your mental well-being, offering individual and group therapy as holistic therapies you can practice for a lifetime to help alleviate anxiety and stress in your life.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of psychotherapy that is used to treat anxiety disorders. This approach teaches you different ways of thinking and behaving. It helps you change how you respond to the things that cause you to feel anxious and fearful. Often, it includes exposure therapy, where you confront your fears so that you will eventually be able to do the things you were avoiding.



The medicines used to treat anxiety disorders include anti-anxiety medications and some antidepressants. Some types may work better for specific types of anxiety disorders. You will need to work closely with your health care provider to find which medication is best for you. Occasionally, a person will need to try more than one medication before finding the right one.

Currently, researchers are exploring ways in which complementary and unifying approaches might reduce anxiety or help people cope with it. Some of the studies have focused on the anxiety people experience in day-to-day life or during stressful circumstances while others have pinpointed anxiety disorders.

Psychological and physical therapies for anxiety disorder

We introduce you to practices such as meditation, hypnosis, relaxation and music therapy to help minimize anxiety. These therapies also teach you new skills you can practice in your everyday life that empower you to manage anxiety better on your own.

Physical therapies such as acupuncture, massage and spinal manipulation are additional treatments we encourage patients to explore for help with anxiety disorder. Yoga, tai chi, reiki, dance therapy, art therapy, and mindful eating are all ways to slow down the mind and alleviate stress, bringing forth presence and ease.