The Five Major Types of Anxiety

Plus, a natural solution for calming an anxiety attack fast.
By understanding the signs and symptoms of anxiety, you can get the help you need and gain control rather than having your anxiety control you.
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Anxiety is the body’s natural way of protecting itself from dangerous situations or threats. Without the fight or flight response, we likely would’ve died out as a species a long time ago. This is because anxiety helps us act the way we should when our lives are threatened.

Anxiety helps us survive.

You’re here today though because your anxiety is doing much more than just keeping you safe. In fact, nothing feels safe about it. And it’s starting to become unbearable.

You’re not alone. Some 19% of Americans battle with anxiety every day.¹

By understanding the signs and symptoms of anxiety, you can get the help you need and gain control rather than having your anxiety control you.

How Anxiety Can Make You Feel: The Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

If you’ve been experiencing anxiety yourself, you know it can make you feel a lot of negative emotions. Here are a few examples of how anxiety can make you feel:

  • Nervous
  • Unable to relax
  • Tense
  • Depressed 
  • Sad

You may also notice that you worry about things far beyond your control. You may find yourself worrying excessively about:

  • Bad things happening the minute you stop worrying about them
  • When and where your next anxiety attack will happen
  • People being angry or upset with you because of your anxiety
  • Losing touch with reality  
  • Things that may happen in the future

You could also experience: 

  • Feeling that the world is spinning faster or slower than normal
  • Sensing that others are always seeing you during anxious moments
  • Having a strong need to get reassurance from others
  • Going over past situations in your head over and over 

When it comes to anxiety, it seems like the list of symptoms is neverending. And to make matters even worse, the symptoms can last a long time. 

Plus, Anxiety Can Make Simple Day-To-Day Tasks Impossible to Complete

When you live with anxiety for a while, you may start having trouble completing tasks, like:

  1. Taking care of yourself
  2. Keeping a job
  3. Maintaining or creating new relationships
  4. Trying new things
  5. Enjoying time with others
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Experiencing some anxiety is normal, and even healthy. But if anxiety is getting in the way of you living a thriving life, then you’re doing the right thing by educating yourself. There are many types of anxiety and different treatment methods.

The Five Major Types of Anxiety Disorders and How They Affect Your Life

There are many types of anxiety disorders. Here we’ll go over the five main types:²

#1: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Have you ever found yourself worrying about getting stuck in traffic on the way to work? What would your boss say? What if he fires you? What if you can’t find another job? What would your family think of you then? 

When you worry a little too much, you may be wondering if this is just worrying or in fact, an anxiety disorder like Generalized Anxiety Disorder. 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is when you’re anxious and worried all the time. To the point that you’re constantly worrying almost every day. You may be worrying about:³

  • Your performance at work
  • Job security
  • Health
  • Money
  • The well-being of your children or family
  • Being late
  • Completing chores
  • Handling responsibilities

While it’s completely normal to worry about these things sometimes… It’s out of control when you’re constantly worrying to the point that you: 

  • can’t stay focused enough to work
  • are irritable most of the time
  • have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep at night

If this sounds like what you’re experiencing, consider reaching out to a mental health professional, and investing in natural remedies to alleviate your generalized anxiety.

#2: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

At some point, you’ve heard someone jokingly say they have “OCD” or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Maybe it’s because they like their ducks in a row, just like so. But when you learn what this anxiety disorder actually entails, you’ll see there’s nothing funny about it.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a common, long-lasting, anxiety disorder. OCD causes a person to have uncontrollable obsessions and compulsions that are repeated on a never-ending cycle.⁴

Obsessions are when you have thoughts, urges, or mental images appear over and over again. Some common examples of obsessions with OCD include:⁵

  • Fear of germs, and a hyperfocus on cleanliness
  • Worrying that you’ll misplace, lose, or forget something important
  • Fear of losing control (usually of OCD behaviors)
  • Wanting things to be in perfect order or a straight line
  • Having unwanted thoughts about taboo subjects like sex, religion, or harm
  • Aggressive thoughts towards yourself or others

Compulsions are when you do a task repetitively due to an obsessive thought. Some common examples of compulsions with OCD include:⁶

  • Excessive cleaning and hand-washing
  • Arranging items in a certain way perfectly
  • Repeatedly checking things like making sure the door is locked
  • Compulsive counting
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While checking to see if you turned the oven off is completely normal within routines… it’s important to be aware of when these routines are far outside the realm of acceptable. And when these behaviors are in fact, obsessive.

If you find your compulsions are getting in the way of your daily life – maybe you’re consistently late to work because you have to check that the door is locked 15 times – then it may be time to seek help.

#3: Panic Disorder

You’re alone at home. You’re cleaning up dishes in the kitchen, and all of a sudden your heart starts pounding in your chest. Sweat glides down the side of your face. Your hands start to tremble and you drop a plate on the floor. 

You don’t know what’s happening but you try to stay calm as you begin to hear your heartbeat pounding in your ears…

These are some common symptoms of a panic attack. And if left unchecked, panic attacks may develop into Panic Disorder. 

Panic Disorder is an overwhelming anxiety disorder. Usually totally unexpected, you’ll have an episode of intense fear along with one or more of the following physical symptoms:⁷

  • Pain in your chest
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal distress

Some say it feels like there’s a huge rock on their chest and they just can’t seem to catch their breath. While others might describe it as not feeling in control of their feelings or actions – almost to the point that they feel like they’re drowning. 

These episodes of intense fear don’t usually have a trigger. Even if your day is perfectly normal, a panic attack can happen out of the blue. This only makes matters worse, making you feel more out of control. Struggling with panic attacks can be miserable, that’s why having reliable resources is such a game-changer.

#4: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder takes many forms. For the Vietnam Veteran, he may suddenly go back in time to the moment his squad was ambushed. Or for a survivor of abuse she may not remember the last assault, but is living with an overwhelming sense of guilt. Or for the women who was stalked, she can’t sleep and she always feels as if she’s just about to snap.

This is life living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, develops when someone experiences a traumatic event. Like we said earlier, anxiety is a completely normal response to stress that keeps you safe from harm. And usually, your body can recover on its own after such an event. Those who don’t recover, are usually diagnosed with PTSD.

Adults with PTSD usually experience some of the following symptoms:⁹

  • Re-experience – having a flashback where you relive the trauma physically and mentally
  • Avoidance – avoiding things, places, or objects that remind you of the trauma
  • Arousal and reactivity – having a hard time sleeping, angry outbursts, or feeling on-edge
  • Cognition and mood – trouble remembering details of the traumatic event or distorted feelings of guilt or shame

If something traumatic has happened in your life, it’s common to feel these symptoms for a few weeks or so after the event. In the case of PTSD though, these symptoms never really go away and continue to get worse, affecting all areas of your life.

#5: Social Anxiety Disorder

You’re at the supermarket – you just need to get in, get what you need, and get out. Simple. But upon arriving, you’re really hoping nobody tries to speak to you. Not today. Some call it anti-social or being in a hurry, or sometimes they call it – Social Anxiety Disorder. 

Social Anxiety Disorder is an intense fear of being watched and judged by others. And as I’m sure you can imagine, this can make having a social life difficult. 

Living with Social Anxiety Disorder could cause you to:

  • Find going to meetings excruciating 
  • Miss important events, like your friend’s wedding 
  • Not go on that blind date
  • Have trouble talking to the cashier at the grocery store

This condition can even cause you to lose current relationships in your life. 

Calm Your Anxiety Fast With a Natural Solution

Anxiety can make your life difficult – especially when you’re in the middle of something like an important life event or completing a task for your job. It’s more than frustrating when all of sudden, you get hit with a full-blown anxiety attack. 

The pressure increases on your chest. You’re unable to breathe. And you’re wishing you had a way to get out of your anxiety attack – fast. 

This is exactly why we created our Brady’s Rescue Bundle Pack.

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Everything you need to very quickly subdue anxiety.

Brady’s Rescue Bundle Pack gives you everything you need to very quickly subdue anxiety. Plus, our clients tell us it’s their favorite go-to natural remedy for quickly getting out of a panic attack. It’s not too heavy either, so you can still be productive while supporting your wellness. 

We’re all about supporting our customers’ mental health. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Learn More

Resources

1. Everything You Need to Know About Anxiety

2. Anxiety Disorders

3. Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When Worry Gets Out of Control

4. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

5. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts or Repetitive Behaviors Take Over

6. What Are Common Obsessions and Compulsions?

7. Panic Disorder

8. Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms

9. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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