We all may feel anxious sometimes throughout our lives. As an example, if you are going through a stressful stage of your life, anxiety should not be a surprising feeling. Anxiety disorder, on the other hand, causes persistent and ungrounded anxiety in a person, and it may grow worse over time. Anxiety disorder may interfere with a person’s functionality and ability to perform daily activities, such as work, studies and maintenance of relationships. Anxiety disorders include general anxiety disorder, panic disorder and various phobias.
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder involves excessive worry and anxiety, as the name suggests, most days for at least six months
• Panic Disorder involves recurrent unpredictable panic attacks. While panic attacks may be triggered by fears or a stressful situation, most of the time it occurs unexpectedly.
• Phobia-Related Disorders involve a strong and irrational fear of certain objects and/or situations.
Risk factors depend on the type of anxiety disorder; however, certain factors are common for all three types of the disorder. These are both genetic and environmental and include behavioral inhibition in childhood, stressful life events during childhood or adulthood, history of anxiety in family members, and some physical conditions, such as thyroid problems and heart arrhythmias.