Anxiety is the body’s normal reaction to stress which can serve as an alert system. However, when feelings of nervousness or anxiousness become excessive or impair functioning, then it may be disordered. This blog post talks about the difference between everyday anxiety and disordered anxiety. While some anxiety is healthy, too much anxiety can interfere with quality of life.
Anxiety disorders comprise multiple disorders. Key diagnostic features for anxiety disorder is an abnormal response disproportionate to the situation, and the anxiety interferes with daily life. Often, anxiety disorders originate from fear, trauma, genes, environmental stress, or a prolonged stress response to a real, perceived, or unknown danger. Each person experiences anxiety differently, therefore a thorough assessment by a qualified professional is required before treatment.
Types of anxiety disorders include:
Although stress and trauma disorders have their own category in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, conditions such as acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder involve symptoms of anxiety.
Approximately 30% of adults experience an anxiety disorder in their lives. Anxiety disorders often interfere with sleep, appetite, attention, concentration, memory, emotional functioning, and relationships. Skin picking is highly correlated with anxiety with many people reporting increased picking behaviors in response to anxiety. In other words, picking the skin can trigger anxiety, anxiety can trigger picking behaviors, or both. Most people who engage in treatment for skin picking also address issues related to stress and anxiety.