Panic Disorder – If a person is struggling with panic disorder, he or she is prone to unexpected panic attacks that can occur even when not prompted by anything in particular. These panic attacks result in a range of physical and psychological symptoms including shortness of breath, abdominal pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting or heart palpitations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – While PTSD is rooted in unresolved trauma, it is technically an anxiety disorder. PTSD develops after a person has been exposed to one particularly traumatic event, or to a series of smaller traumatic events. People might develop PTSD after living through a natural disaster, undergoing a violent assault, surviving an abusive childhood or experiencing active military combat, for example. The most common symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks of the traumatic event, recurring nightmares, an inability to trust other people, and avoidance of certain people, places or things that remind the person of the event.
Agoraphobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) – People who are suffering from a social phobia will experience extreme self-consciousness and nervousness when they engage in everyday social situations. These situations could be as simple as riding a bus or another means of public transportation, or waiting in the checkout line at a grocery store. Social anxiety disorder might also only appear in specific situations, for example, public speaking or meeting a person for the first time.
Specific Phobias – Some people suffer from specific phobias, which is characterized by an intense fear of one particular thing like spiders, heights or the dark.
No matter how severe an anxiety disorder is, it can most often be treated with a combination of intensive behavioral therapy and medication. However, if someone who is struggling with an anxiety disorder is simultaneously struggling with alcoholism, the treatment process will be more comprehensive. Treatment will need to address both the alcohol use disorder and the anxiety disorder simultaneously.