A mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.
Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Common types of anxiety:
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) A person feels anxious on most days, worrying about lots of different things, for a period of six months or more
- Social anxiety
- Specific phobias
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
There’s no cure for anxiety, but treatment, which often includes a combination of therapy and medication, is often very helpful at reducing symptoms. Anxiety disorders.
Laaiqka Sukaih shares her story with us,
It has always been hard for me to admit, until now, that I have anxiety. To be completely honest I couldn’t admit that I had anxiety because I didn’t even know what it is.
In 2017 I was in a car accident, I broke my arm and had to have surgery. That was the easy part for me, it was when I was discharged and “recovering” that got hard.
When I was finally home, I started having dreams where people would do things or take things from me, such as putting gum in my hair and stealing my pain tablets. When I would wake up, I was completely certain that these were actual events that happened. This aggravated me since no one would believe me. I became angry and irritable and wanted to be left alone. It was about after a month of going through this that my parents decided to take me to see a psychologist.
The psychologist noticed that I was showing signs of anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and recommended that I undergo hypnotherapy and see a psychiatrist. The hypnotherapy helped me to forget the accident and the confusing dreams. The Hypnotherapy helped me to feel comfortable driving again. Slowly treating the PTSD ,but what helped was talking to my psychiatrist.
The psychiatrist helped me understand what I was going through and that I shouldn’t keep how I feel to myself. Having someone who I trust really helped me. 3 years later, I still see her and talk about how to deal with the things that I go through.