Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder presents with persistent and excessive symptoms of intense anxiety or worry about many things, even familiar and ordinary activities. Individuals with generalized anxiety have difficulty controlling or stopping their worry. This worry is not rational (out of proportion with the real situation) and can lead to physical health issues.
Agoraphobia presents with intense and often debilitating fear leading to avoiding places or situations that may result in panic, feeling trapped, helpless and embarrassed. Many people who have agoraphobia suffer from panic attacks; leaving the house makes them extremely worried. The root of almost all cases of agoraphobia is the fear of having a panic attack in public. Many people with agoraphobia do not feel safe in places where there are usually crowds.
Panic disorder presents with repeated sudden and intense feelings of anxiety, fear and sometimes terror that peak within minutes. Individuals experiencing a panic attack report: feeling impending doom, fear of losing control, rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, shaking, shortness of breath, tightness in their throat, chills, hot flashes, nausea, abdominal pain, having a headache, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, numbness or tingling sensation, feeling of unreality and or feeling detached. Panic attacks often cause ongoing intense fear that they will occur again and again resulting in avoiding places or situations the panic has occurred. Panic attacks can occur without warning.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety presents with intense fear of being judged harshly by others. Individuals with social anxiety experience high levels of anxiety in social settings. They often avoid social situations due to negative and irrational self-talk, embarrassment, insecurities and not feeling good enough or feeling inferior to others.