Some common symptoms include:
- Excessive (and sometimes irrational) worry, fear, or dread.
- Hypervigilance: elevated heart rate, excessive sweating, cold hands, diarrhea or those butterflies in your stomach.
- Can also impact sleep, concentration, sense of enjoyment and wellbeing.
- Symptoms may persist despite absence or reduction of life pressures.
Some types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Excessive generalized worry
- Panic disorder
- Sudden and extremely intense fear/anxiety, might be "out of the blue," peak within minutes and subside
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive thoughts and or compulsive behaviors
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Excessive stress or fear response after experience traumatic/harmful events
- Social phobia (or social anxiety disorder)
- Anxiety/fear around social situations
- Specific phobias.
What to do about anxiety disorders?
- Get enough sleep, good nutrition, and regular exercise.
- Avoid or limit your consumption of caffeine, nicotine, or other stimulants. Likewise, limit your alcohol intake, as alcohol interferes with your sleep.
- Relaxation exercises.
- Stress management techniques to reduce anxiety.
- Guided imagery, deep breathing, muscle relaxation exercises to reduce anxiety.
- Consider signing up for the Mindfulness Group.
- Reach out to people who care about you and talk about what's making you anxious.
- Counseling and medications are also effective.
- Contact the OSU Anxiety & Stress Clinic.