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Anxiety and Depression

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):
-Characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things.
-Experience exaggerated worry and tension, often expecting the worst, even when there is no apparent reason for concern.
- Sometimes the thought of getting through the day produces anxiety.
-Don't know how to stop the worry cycle and feel it is beyond their control though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):
-Suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they can't seem to get out of their heads (obsessions) often compelling them to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines (compulsions) to try to ease their anxiety.
-Most people who have OCD are aware that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, yet they feel powerless to stop them.
-Some spend hours at a time performing complicated rituals involving hand washing, counting. or checking to ward off persistent, unwelcome thoughts or images.

Panic Disorder:
-Out-of-the-blue panic attacks.
-Preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack.
-Occur unexpectedly, sometimes during sleep.
-Happen for no apparent reason.
-Sudden and intense physical symptoms such as a pounding heart, shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness, or tingling cause by overactivity of the body's normal fear response.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
-Children with PSTD may have intense fear and anxiety.
-Emotionally numb or easily irritable, or avoids places, people, or activities after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic or life-threatening event.

Phobias:
-Intense fears of specific situations or things that are not actually dangerous, such as heights, dogs, or flying in an airplane.
-Cause people to avoid the things they're afraid of.