Anxiety disorders come in many different forms and can look different for each person who is living with one. And according to the Mayo Clinic, anxiety disorders and panic attacks that may accompany them can escalate, causing major disruption in your daily life. There are several different symptoms that may be associated with anxiety disorders, including but not limited to:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Having a hard time controlling feelings of worry
- Experiencing the urge to avoid anxiety triggers
- Feelings of restlessness, nervousness, and tenseness
- A heightened heart rate
- Hyperventilation, or rapid breathing
- Experiencing a sense of impending doom, danger, or panic
- Having a hard time thinking about anything else aside from the present worry
There are several different types of anxiety disorders, such as:
- Panic disorder: individuals who suffer from panic disorder experience repetitive episodes in which they feel sudden, intense fear, terror, and anxiety that peaks within a few minutes of onset, also known as a panic attack.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: in this type of anxiety disorder, individuals will experience excessive and persistent worry and anxiety about events and activities, even if they are routine or ordinary. The worry they feel is disproportionate in relation to the real life circumstances, and it will affect their physical state and be difficult to control. Generalized anxiety disorder often appears alongside depression or other anxiety disorders.
- Agoraphobia: individuals who suffer from agoraphobia are afraid of situations or places that make them feel helpless, embarrassed, or trapped; they will often avoid these situations and places.
- Selective mutism: also found in children, this disorder is characterized by a consistent failure of children to speak in specific situations--like school--even if they are able to speak in other ones, like when they are at home with loved ones.
- Separation anxiety disorder: some children may experience a severe anxiety in relation to being separated from their parents or parental figures; this phenomenon is characterized as a disorder if the children’s worry is excessive for their current developmental level.
- Specific phobias: this disorder is characterized by individuals experiencing severe anxiety when exposed to a particular situation or object, as well as the desire to avoid said situations or objects. In some individuals, phobias may cause panic attacks.
- Anxiety disorder due to a medical condition: some individuals may develop an anxiety disorder in response to the onset of a physical health problem they are experiencing.
- Social anxiety disorder: this disorder is characterized by individuals feeling extreme anxiety surrounding and avoiding social situations because they may feel excessively self conscious or embarrassed.
However, it is important to remember that there are many different therapeutic approaches that have been proven to be effective in helping individuals living with anxiety disorders. One such avenue to seek professional help is through enrolling in a group therapy program. And given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the risks associated with being exposed to individuals who may not necessarily be in your “COVID pod,” enrolling in therapy online is a great resource and option that is available at your disposal.
And here at Grouport, we offer just that: online group therapy. Enrolling in group therapy online has the additional benefit that, because you are in the comfort of your home, it is likely you may feel comfortable opening up more than if you were in an unfamiliar therapist’s office. If you enroll in our services, you will receive a 20 minute initial onboarding call during which you will have a private conversation with one of our licensed healthcare professionals. After this conversation, you will be matched with a therapy group we feel is best suited to your unique situation; your therapy group will meet for an hour once a week at the same day and time. You can find the answers to more FAQs here.