Light On Anxiety offers several online tools and self-assessment forms. Click each section below to expand upon the topic. Note: information provided in this section is intended for informational purposes only.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by frequent, uncontrollable worries and physical manifestations of stress and anxiety such as bodily tension, difficulty sleeping and feeling restless.
OCD is characterized by frequent, disturbing intrusive thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations (obsessions) and accompanying behaviors that one feels compelled to engage in (compulsions). Compulsions can be either external (washing hands) or internal (counting or praying). One engages in compulsions to get rid of obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. Click here to assess your symptoms online.
Panic disorder is characterized by repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes (panic attacks). Interestingly, one does not meet diagnostic criteria for Panic Disorder simply by experiencing frequent panic attacks. In addition, one must also experience frequent worry about possibility of having a future panic attack. Over 90 percent of the population will state they have had a panic attack at some point in their life yet only 3 percent meet criteria for Panic Disorder. The key different between these two groups is the second group’s high anxiety sensitivity, or discomfort with the sensations of anxiety. Panic disorder is therefore known as “fear of fear”. Click here to check your symptoms online.
This helpful eBook, developed by Debra Kissen, Ph.D, M.H.S.A.; Ashley Kendall, Ph.D; and Michelle Lozano, A.M.F.T., offers a clinical intervention program based on the principles of ERP for OCD. Sections 1-41 of the eBook are included below.