Experiencing anxiety occasionally is normal. Anxiety may arise when problems confront us, prior to a test, or when making a life-altering choice. A disorder involving anxiety, though, is a far cry from temporary fear or worry.
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
Approximately 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children in the United States have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD occurs when a person gets stuck in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Learn more about obtaining help for OCD.
A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack. It may feel like having a heart attack. They may even occur when you’re relaxed or asleep.
CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH
Intense emotions naturally occur at some time in the lives of most people; mental disorders, however, are different. The symptoms that result may be extreme and prolonged. Read more to find out about the warning signs of mental illness in children.
The demands of anxiety can consume a household. Family members often get pulled into their loved one’s worrying thoughts or repetitive behaviors. Understandably, parents will do anything they can to minimize an anxious child’s distress. Most family members have performed a family accommodation behavior for their anxious child.
Agoraphobia • Attention Difficulties • Autism Spectrum Disorder • Depression • Generalized Anxiety • Hair-Pulling (Trichotillomania) • Motivation Problems • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder • Oppositional Behavior • Panic Disorder • Parenting Strategies • PANS/PANDAS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) • Peer Challenges/Bullying • Performance Anxiety • Phobias • Selective Mutism • Self-Esteem • Skin Picking (Excoriation) • Social Anxiety • Social Skills • Stress/Time Management • Test Anxiety • Trauma