Until my anxiety became so severe I could not function well enough to even do my normal activities, I did not realize just how debilitating these disorders could actually be. I truly feel the majority of people are like I was in the past, unless you are dealing with these disorders you can not really know how much they control a person’s life.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
I was amazed when I first found out about this disorder, you know this disorder begins on the average at the age of 19 years old. Many people have this disorder and might not even be aware of it, this disorder gives you unwanted thoughts and repetitive behavior. When I was younger before my anxiety became severe, I did have this disorder but I never knew it . The most common behavior is hand washing, counting and cleaning, these only give us temporary relief from our anxiety but if we do not do these things we become even more anxious.
This disorder gives us panic attacks out of the blue, we feel fine one minute then the next minute we are having all these crazy symptoms both physical and emotional. When I was young I did not realize this experience was panic attacks, I just knew I got very sick sometimes and did not understand why. Many people go their entire life with this disorder and never connect it with anxiety, the triggers for this disorder are not easy to figure out since the panic attacks seem to just come out of no where.
I never realized I had this disorder as well, for as long as I can remember I have been more comfortable in the outdoors then indoors. I even have got panic attacks while indoors with certain situations, I would feel trapped and the urge to escape. If this sounds familiar to you, you also might have this disorder. This disorder is quite common, some people with this has a set routine and can not go out of that routine or they will have panic attacks.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Thank God this is one disorder I do not think I have, usually people with this disorder experience or witness an extremely emotional event. This disorder became very popular after the Vietnam War, many people who served in this war came home and could not function in our society because of developing this disorder. The symptoms usually are nightmares and flashbacks with high anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts, basically they keep reliving this experience over and over again.
Do you have extreme fears which are not reasonable, just some objects or situations put so much fear in you that you avoid them as much as you can. Phobia’s are fears which last much longer periods then normal anxiety, this for most people prevents them often from being able to function normally. Too many to list here for you in this article, many phobia’s do not require treatment but if you suffer any which controls your life then you should seek treatment.
I hope you find this article useful and interesting, the resources are very good for anyone needing more information on any of these disorders. I have overcome many of my disorders to the point they are not as controlling as in the past, but they still have some control over me at times. Once you have anxiety issues, you will never completely rid yourself of them. The best you can hope for us to learn to manage them more efficiently, take control of your own life and not allow your anxiety to be in control of you.