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Taking Control of Your Life

By M.D. Griffin

The Complete Guide to Understanding

and Treating Anxiety Disorders

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Table of Contents

Please Read This First ........................................................................ 2

Terms of Use............................................................................................................ 2

Disclaimer ................................................................................................................ 2

Table of Contents ................................................................................ 4

1. Anxiety Disorders – An Introduction ............................................. 9

Occurrences............................................................................................................. 9

The Different Types of Anxiety Disorders ....................................... 12

Treatments ............................................................................................................. 12

What is an Anxiety Disorder?........................................................... 13

3. Why Do People Get Anxiety Disorders?...................................... 14

Types of Anxiety Disorders .............................................................. 17

Types of Anxiety Disorders .................................................................................. 17

Panic Disorder ................................................................................................... 17

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)........................................................... 18

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ......................................................... 19

Social Phobia ..................................................................................................... 19

Specific Phobia.................................................................................................. 20

Generalized anxiety disorder ........................................................................... 20

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders .................................... 21

Common Anxiety Disorder Signs and Symptoms ............................................. 21

Panic Disorder ................................................................................... 24

Symptoms of Panic Disorder ............................................................................... 24

Diagnosis of Panic Disorder ................................................................................ 25

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Is Treatment Necessary? .................................................................................. 25

Managing Panic ..................................................................................................... 26

Social Anxiety Disorder .................................................................... 28

Occurrence......................................................................................................... 29

Treatment ............................................................................................................... 29

Cognitive-behavioral therapy ........................................................................... 29

Generalized Anxiety Disorder .......................................................... 32

Symptoms .......................................................................................................... 32

Diagnosis of the Disorder................................................................................. 33

Treatment Options............................................................................................. 33

Prevention is a Better Option........................................................................... 34

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ..................................................... 35

Common Symptoms.............................................................................................. 35

Compulsive Rituals ............................................................................................... 36

Treatments ......................................................................................................... 36

Specific Phobia.................................................................................. 38

Is Specific Phobia The Same as Fear?............................................................ 38

How to Diagnose Your Specific Phobia .......................................................... 39

Types of Specific Phobia ...................................................................................... 39

Treatment ............................................................................................................... 40

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder........................................................ 42

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder ................................................ 42

Treatment ........................................................................................................... 43

Self-Help ................................................................................................................. 44

Agoraphobia ...................................................................................... 45

Diagnosis ............................................................................................................... 45

Symptoms of Agoraphobia .............................................................................. 45

Treatment Options............................................................................................. 46

Medications........................................................................................................ 46

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Therapies............................................................................................................ 46

Psychodynamic Treatment............................................................................... 47

Claustrophobia .................................................................................. 48

Causes of Claustrophobia .................................................................................... 48

Symptoms of Claustrophobia .......................................................................... 49

Treatment ........................................................................................................... 49

Anxiety Disorders in Children .......................................................... 51

Occurrence......................................................................................................... 51

Types of Anxiety Disorders in Children .......................................................... 52

Treatments ......................................................................................................... 54

Recent Research on Anxiety Disorders .......................................... 55

Genes and Anxiety Disorders .......................................................................... 55

Progress through Research ............................................................................. 56

How to Know If You Have an Anxiety Disorder .............................. 58

Diagnosis of the Disorder..................................................................................... 58

How to Diagnosis Anxiety Disorders............................................... 60

Tests and Diagnosis.............................................................................................. 61

Symptoms that may Indicate Your Particular Disorder................................. 61

18. Tips to Avoid Anxiety Disorders ................................................ 63

Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorders ....................................... 66

Treatment Options................................................................................................. 67

Therapies................................................................................................................ 67

Medications........................................................................................................ 69

Anti-Anxiety Drugs ............................................................................................ 70

How to Make Treatment for Anxiety Disorders More Effective ..... 72

Anxiety Disorder - The Recovery Process ...................................... 75

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Diagnosis ............................................................................................................... 75

Acceptance ............................................................................................................ 75

Treatment ............................................................................................................... 76

Setbacks ................................................................................................................. 76

Resolving ............................................................................................................... 77

Natural Remedies to Treat Panic Attacks........................................ 78

Natural Remedies for Panic Attacks.................................................................... 78

Herbs and Aromas............................................................................................. 78

Homeopathy....................................................................................................... 79

Self-Help Techniques to Prevent or Cure Anxiety Disorders ........ 80

Self-Help Techniques ............................................................................................ 80

Support Groups ................................................................................................. 81

Self-Help Books ................................................................................................. 81

Optimism ............................................................................................................ 82

Meditation........................................................................................................... 82

Treating Anxiety Disorders with Herbs ........................................... 84

Treating Anxiety Disorders with Vitamins and Supplements........ 88

Source of Vitamins ................................................................................................ 88

Necessary Vitamins and Supplements ........................................................... 88

The Impact of Anxiety Disorders ..................................................... 90

Impact on Your Family .......................................................................................... 90

Impact on Economy .............................................................................................. 91

Impact on Relationships ....................................................................................... 91

How to Cope with Anxiety Disorders............................................... 92

An Overview ........................................................................................................... 92

Factors That Help You to Cope with Anxiety Disorders................................ 93

How to Get Help for Anxiety Disorders ........................................... 96

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Ten Easy Ways to Boost Your Mood ............................................... 98

Anxiety Disorders – Frequently Asked Questions ....................... 101

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Part-I: Introduction

1. Anxiety Disorders – An Introduction

‘Anxiety disorder’ is a term that covers many different types of

nervous conditions that cause anxiousness, feelings of fear or other

unwanted, counterproductive or irrational feelings. These feelings of

anxiety can be due to a particular phobia, to a particular event or

happening earlier in life, or may be due to pathological (medical)

uneasiness.

There may be no warning of the onset of your anxiety disorders.

They can be sudden, or develop gradually over many years and

such events are likely to cause profound disturbance of the

sufferer’s normal daily routine.

In the 21st Century, the occurrence of anxiety disorders is assuming

alarming proportions.

They afflict more than forty million American adults. Many

adolescents, and even children, also develop these disorders. Most

patients are seriously affected, with the disorder(s) affecting them

for several months, or even years.

You may suffer frequent bouts of fear, concern, or apprehension of

some worryi