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Different Types of Anxiety

Generalized anxiety. With this common anxiety disorder, a person worries excessively about many things. Someone with generalized anxiety may worry excessively about school, the health or safety of family members, and the future. They may always think of the worst that could happen.

Along with the worry and dread, people with generalized anxiety have physical symptoms, such as chest pain, headache, tiredness, tight muscles, stomachaches, or vomiting. Generalized anxiety can lead a person to miss school or avoid social activities. With generalized anxiety, worries can feel like a burden, making life feel overwhelming or out of control.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). For a person with OCD, anxiety takes the form of obsessions (bad thoughts) and compulsions (actions that try to relieve anxiety).

Phobias. These are intense fears of specific situations or things that are not actually dangerous, such as heights, dogs, or flying in an airplane. Phobias usually cause people to avoid the things they are afraid of.

Social phobia (social anxiety). This intense anxiety is triggered by social situations or speaking in front of others. An extreme form called selective mutism causes some kids and teens to be too fearful to talk at all in certain situations.

Panic attacks. These episodes of anxiety can occur for no apparent reason. With a panic attack, a person has sudden and intense physical symptoms that can include a pounding heart, shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness, or tingling feelings causes by overactivity of the body’s normal fear response. Agoraphobia is an intense fear of panic attacks that causes a person to avoid going anywhere a panic attack could possibly occur.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This type of anxiety disorder results from a traumatic or terrifying past experience. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, or constant fear after the fact

Source: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/anxiety.html#

Services that can assist with anxiety

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Health Sciences Centre Site:  http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/psychiatry/programs/programs_ca/CA_HSC.html

Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC): http://www.matc.ca/services-cimh.html

St. Boniface Hospital: Serves children and adolescents experiencing a range of anxiety disorders.  http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/psychiatry/programs/programs_ca/CA_ADS.html

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM): http://www.adam.mb.ca/