Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD causes excessive stress and worrying about more than one situation. As well, individuals with GAD find it nearly impossible to manage their anxiety. They constantly worry about many factors in their lives.
Panic disorder involves having recurrent panic attacks. Some panic attacks may be expected. In contrast, many occur out of nowhere. People with a panic disorder worry about having panic attacks. Because of this, they often avoid situations and people they fear may trigger an attack.
Social Anxiety Disorder
This condition causes a person to have extreme anxiety about everyday social interactions. They experience a great deal of self-consciousness. Along with that, they worry they are being judged negatively. The person begins to avoid most kinds of social situations.
Common causes include:
- Trauma: Exposure to trauma, especially as a child.
- Chronic stress: Major life events can cause anxiety. These include the death of a loved one or the loss of a job. Money problems can also cause anxiety.
- Family history: Having one or more relatives with mental health disorders.
- Chronic illness: Certain chronic illnesses can lead to anxiety.
- Drug and alcohol use: Substance abuse and withdrawal can cause anxiety. As well, it can make existing anxiety worse.
- Brain chemistry: Changes in how the brain works can cause anxiety.