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Anxiety Awareness — Types of Anxiety (Part 2)

By Harrison Payton

March 28, 2021


Anxiety Is A Complex Issue With Different Subcategories 

As we introduced in our previous blog on anxiety awareness (part 1), anxiety is not one individual condition. It’s spread across many different separate anxiety disorders, but there are 5 primary conditions. These consist of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and PTSD. In part 1 of this series, we discussed the first three listed above. Today, we’ll go into depth on what OCD and PTSD are and how they affect your lifestyle.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Roughly 1.2% of American adults are affected by OCD. The name behind this disorder refers to some of the behaviors that are exhibited. If you are experiencing OCD, you may find yourself dealing with obsessions and compulsions. The obsessive component is composed of the individual dealing with unwanted thoughts, urges, or images. When you feel you are compelled to behave a certain way, almost as if you are out of control of your actions, this can be considered the compulsive part of OCD. Some of these compulsive actions entail doing things which the individual thinks can reduce these feelings of anxiety. Over worrying about cleanliness, symmetry in a room, or contamination with food, etc. are all examples of a person taking actions they believe will relieve the feelings of anxiety. 

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is perhaps one of the most serious and troubling forms of anxiety, as it can greatly affect one’s lifestyle and happiness. PTSD is most commonly triggered by an extremely traumatic event. Difficult memories, flashbacks, and unpleasant dreams can all be associated with having post-traumatic stress disorder. Presently, there are roughly 8 million people in the U.S. who are going through PTSD. This condition may also potentially be triggered by damaged tissue from a physical brain injury as well. Children can be susceptible to PTSD too. The condition is twice as common in women as in men.

PTSD Can Be Debilitating If Left Untreated
PTSD Can Be Debilitating If Left Untreated.

Co-Occurring Disorders

While “co-occurring disorders” are not technically a form of anxiety, Danu would like to mention it because of its importance. If you’ve dealt with a form of anxiety before, statistically, it’s common that you may have also dealt with another form of anxiety or physical illness. Some of the commonly co-occurring disorders with anxiety include chronic pain, eating disorders, IBS, and Adult ADHD. These conditions can compound the issues that arise from each disorder, so it’s crucial you seek out professional help and surround yourself with a strong support group if you may be experiencing co-occurring disorders.

CBD May Offer Support For Anxiety

Cannabidiol, widely known as CBD, has been rapidly gaining traction as a natural form of treatment for many forms of anxiety and depression. It works by influencing the body’s endocannabinoid system to create a sense of calm and relaxation. Besides potentially providing relief for those that grapple with anxiety, CBD may also help with more common feelings of stress. Danu wants you to follow your own natural path to wellness, and we’re here to support you with premium quality CBD products ranging from tinctures and gummies to salves, creams, and even bath bombs.

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