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anxiety-related disorders

Separation Anxiety Disorder

symptoms
treatment
stigma

Separation Anxiety Disorder

symptoms
refusing to sleep alone, nightmares with theme of sepera­tion, intesnst worry when away from home/f­amily, refusing to go to school
treatment
psycho­the­rapy, medication (SSRIs)
stigma
diminished self-worth and confid­ence, feel socially discon­nected from peers
examples
being left at daycare, entering school, left with abysit­ters, staying overnight at someone's house

genera­lized anxiety disorder

symptoms
Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge, Being easily fatigued, Having difficulty concen­tra­ting; mind going blank, Being irritable, Having muscle tension, Difficulty contro­lling feelings of worry
treatments
talk therapy or psycho­logical counse­ling, antide­pre­ssants
stigma
suffer serious social or profes­sional problems, being seen as “crazy” or “insane”
examples
minor matters (will I arrive on time?) health and safety of loved ones, personal health and safety, work or school, money and paying bills, appear­ance, friend­ships and relati­ons­hips, community affairs, politics, the enviro­nment

Anxiety disorder due to another medical condition

symptoms
muscle tension, heart palpit­ations, sweating, dizziness, or difficulty catching the breath
treatments
medica­tions, psycho­therapy
stigma
being seen as weak or crazy, seen as any other issue
examples
panic attack that leads to heart attack

Specific Phobias

symptoms
sweating, trembling, hot flushes or chills, choking sensation, rapid heartbeat
treatment
exposure therapy
stigma
an exagge­ration, any fear is considered a phobia,
examples
arachn­oph­obia, tropop­hobia, acrophobia

panic disorder

symptoms
poundi­ng/­racing heart, sweating, chills, trembling, breathing problems, sense of impending doom, fear of loss of control or death
treatment
talk therapy, CBT, SSRIs, SNRIs
stigma
overre­acting, emotio­nally fragile or unstable
examples
worrying they will faint, embarrass themse­lves, have a heart attack, die, go crazy
 

substa­nce­/me­dic­ati­on-­induced anxiety disorder

symptoms
have to be causing a great deal of emotional upset or signif­icantly affecting the person's life, including their work or social life, or another part of their life that is important
treatments
SoAD, SSRIs
stigma
inability to afford the cost of care, believing that the problems could be handled without treatment, not knowing where to go for services, concerns about confid­ent­iality, that it might cause neighbors or the community to have a negative opinion, that it might cause a negative effect on a person's job, fear of being committed, inadequate or no coverage of mental health treatme, and thinking that treatment would not help
examples
Substa­nce­-in­duced delirium Substa­nce­-in­duced persisting dementia Substa­nce­-in­duced persisting amnestic disorder Substa­nce­-in­duced psychotic disorder Substa­nce­-in­duced mood disorder Substa­nce­-in­duced anxiety disorder Halluc­inogen persisting perceptual disorder Substa­nce­-in­duced sexual dysfun­ction Substa­nce­-in­duced sleep disorder

selective mutism

symptoms
Expression of a desire to speak that is held back by anxiou­sness, fear, or embarr­ass­ment, Fidgeting, eye contact avoidance, lack of movement or lack of expression when in feared situat­ions, Use of nonverbal commun­ication to express needs (e.g., nodding head, pointing)
treatment
psycho­the­rapy; management programs, medication
stigma
think they are rude, not bieng provided sufficient social stimul­ation
examples
being verbally free and open at home but completely or mostly nonverbal at school or around strangers, being paralyzed with fear when unable to speak

Social Anxiety Disorder

symptoms
blushing, fast heartbeat, trembling, sweating, nausea, fear of situations where one may be udged, worrying about being embarr­assed or humili­ated, intense fear when talking to strangers
treatment
psycho­logical counse­ling, talk therapy, medication
stigma
low self-e­steem, low self-e­fficacy
examples
difficult to start conver­sat­ions, date, make eye contact, interact with strangers, go to school­/work

agorap­hobia

symptoms
fear of: leaving home alone, crowds, waiting in line, enclosed spaces, open spaces, public transp­ort­ation
treatment
CBT, antide­pre­ssants, anti-a­nxiety medication
stigma
fear that their anxiety is not severe enough,
examples
scared of having a panic attack while driving will lead to avoiding other means of transp­ort­ation
 

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