Phobias are extreme fears, often of irrational things. People can have phobias of bugs, travel, foods, or nearly anything else. These phobias may cause only mild inconvenience, but they can be serious enough to cause major obstacles in life as well.
With social anxiety disorder, a person often has a feeling of something being wrong or "off," but they don't associate that feeling with an anxiety disorder. People who suffer from social anxiety disorder often feel very anxious in social settings, tending to keep to themselves. They may have physical manifestations of their anxiety such as a racing heart, cold sweats, shaking or trembling, flushing, and stomach upset.
In panic disorder, a person will feel a sudden and overwhelming sense of panic. Panic disorder sufferers often don't know how to predict their panic attacks. Panic attacks may even happen at night, waking a person out of a deep sleep.
Generalized anxiety disorder is recognized by a person's unusually high levels of anxiety about everyday things. This may include disproportionate stress regarding their job, family, social life, and finances.
People who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder are obsessed with appearance flaws that only they can see. They may feel so ashamed of these perceived flaws that they feel uncomfortable being around others.
In hoarding disorder, people feel unable to get rid of possessions and may feel that they need to save nearly everything. This can lead to very cluttered living spaces, and even unlivable homes at its most extreme.
Trichotillomania, also known as hair pulling disorder, is characterized by a feeling that the hair must be pulled out of the head or other places on the body. This compulsion is very strong to the point of being uncontrollable for some sufferers.
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