Forty million American adults experience anxiety, but anxiety looks different to different people. So, psychologists have classified several types of anxiety disorders to characterize people’s experiences. Learning the ways anxiety can manifest might help you figure out if you suffer from any of these conditions and if you need help.
“Based on my vast experience in dealing with treating anxiety in kids, adolescents, and adults, if a patient truly cannot turn off the worries in their mind and it has become an obsessive compulsive cycle, the only successful treatment I have seen work is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the correct choice/dosage of anti-anxiety medication prescribed by a well-trained psychiatrist,” Dr. Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills family and relationship psychotherapist, author of The Self-Aware Parent, regular expert child psychologist on The Doctors, CBS TV, and co-star on Sex Box, WE tv, tells Bustle. “All the talk therapy in the world will not help a patient who is suffering from obsessive thoughts and worries.”
Other than that, Walfish recommends getting a good night’s sleep, doing something relaxing like reading before bed, surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good, being careful about what you read online, and practicing self-care.
How do you know if you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder or just run-of-the-mill anxiety, though? Here are five of the most common anxiety disorders.