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.
Child/adolescent anxiety and related behavioral health conditions can take many different forms. It is not always obvious to the child or the family that one is experiencing anxiety symptoms. It can be helpful, as a first step in moving past anxiety, to take an assessment such as the one above to obtain an objective picture of current symptoms and determine the best course of action to assist your child in moving past these symptoms.
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 the 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”. The Anxiety Sensitivity Index above is a clinical assessment tool that will assist you as well as your provider to determine if you are experiencing “fear of fear” or “anxiety about anxiety”.
Freedom from panic attacks and panic disorder is not only about experiencing decreased “anxiety about anxiety” (otherwise known as anxiety sensitivity). It is also about experiencing decreased frequency and severity of panic attacks and related symptoms, as well as decreased emotional distress and life impairment. The Panic Disorder Severity Scale can assist you and your provider in obtaining an objective assessment regarding the frequency and intensity of your current panic symptoms.
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.
Harm OCD eBook : Tips & Resources to Help You Move Past Intrusive Thought OCD
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. Additional resources on Harm OCD.
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