Anxiety has many faces. Unlike some emotional health issues, it can manifest in many ways, from social or generalized anxiety disorder to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), agoraphobia and others.
While feeling some level of anxiety during stressful situations is normal, for some people it gets kicked into overdrive. Do you ever find your heart racing and your palms sweating at the mere thought of a situation? Are you overcome with a feeling of terror that seems unfounded? Do you feel as though something terrible might happen if you don't have things in a certain order? If you answered yes to any of these, it's possible you suffer from more than the typical level of anxiety.
The different forms of anxiety used to be very difficult to pinpoint and treat, and they were often lumped under one general heading. There was a point in time when it was even just brushed aside as a person having a "sensitive nature." Luckily, with major advances in diagnosing these problems and a multitude of therapy modalities, it has become a highly treatable condition.
Interestingly, an estimated 50 percent of people diagnosed with anxiety are also experiencing depression -- and vice versa. The most effective means of conquering an anxiety disorder is to be assessed and a definitive diagnosis made. Once this is in place, you can begin therapy or counseling targeted at your specific set of needs.