TYPES OF ANXIETY
Some common forms of Anxiety are:
- Generalized anxiety disorder: It is characterized by persistent anxiety which continues for at least 6 months along with stress, insomnia (loss of sleep). Here symptoms of anxiety cannot be related to an individual or a particular situation. Generally, women during their age of thirties might experience anxiety more than men of the same age.
- Panic disorder: It is characterized by episodes of intense anxiety which occurs suddenly and lasts for about 30 minutes. It presents with dyspnoea (difficulty in breathing), sweating, fainting, chest pain, and a feeling ‘as if dying’. Women especially in young age might have these episodes twice in a week, often associated with agoraphobia (fear of open places).
- Phobias: These are irrational fears of object or social or environmental situations and because of fear, the object or the situation is avoided. Agoraphobia and claustrophobia (fear of closed places) can be quoted as examples of phobic disorders.
- Obsessive compulsive disorder: It is characterized byobsessions (recurrent thoughts, feelings and images) andcompulsions (repeated actions). Weak and dependent personalities, commonly during adolescence or young adulthood may develop OCD. Obsession means persistent, senseless ideas, like “a girl wondering about what her loved one might be doing”, where as compulsion can be repetitive cleaning, checking or counting.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: This is more common inpeople who have had a severe physiological or psychological trauma.
This classification is based on modern psychiatry and its understanding is important for the selection of homeopathic remedy. According to thehomeopathic philosophy, diseased person is to be treated and not the disease, so categorisation is not significant.