Stress is a natural part of life, and not all of it is even bad for you. But modern life is filled with so much stress, stimuli, and demands, that it can be hard to tell when our stress has become something more. Anxiety disorders can result from a build up of stress, genetic predispositions, or some combination of these factors, and can make it incredibly difficult for individuals to lead full, meaningful lives.
Examples of indicators of Generalized Anxiety include:
- Frequent worry, regardless of circumstances
- Difficulty making decisions due to fear of making the wrong one
- Difficulty starting tasks due to fear they won’t be done correctly
- Frequently imagining worst case scenarios
- Difficulty trying new things, going new places, or engaging with people because you don’t know exactly what to expect
Examples of indicators of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder include:
- Presence of thoughts or urges that are disturbing, unwanted, and don’t align with your values or principles.
- Attempts to manage those thoughts with ritualized behaviors such as counting, ordering, or handwashing
- Thoughts or behaviors described above make it difficult for you to engage in daily life.