Anxiety disorders are quite common and have been reported to affect approximately 25% of the population. There are several types of anxiety disorders including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder and obsessive- compulsive disorder.
The common symptoms of anxiety disorders include heart racing, trembling, sweating, difficulty breathing, nausea or needing to use the bathroom. A person with anxiety tends to have pervasive worries about the future or plays over past events in a rumination cycle in their head. These constant distressing thoughts often result in avoidance of any feared situation that could cause the unpleasant anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders can significantly interfere with normal living and cause depression if left untreated.