Stress and Anxiety
Adjustment disorders are quite common in children and teens. They are characterized by an excessive reaction to stress.
If you tend to worry a lot, even when there’s no reason, you may have generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. Medicine and lifestyle changes can help.
People who feel they're unable to regain control of their lives because of their responses to the trauma may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Panic disorder is when you have repeated, unexpected panic attacks and worry constantly about when the next one might happen. Medicines and therapy can help.
A phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. The fear experienced by people with phobias can be so great that some go to extreme lengths to avoid the source of their fear.
Posttraumatic stress disorder is debilitating anxiety that can affect people who have been through or witnessed a traumatic event. Counseling and medication can help.
A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.
When you're faced with a highly stressful event in your life, the strategies outlined here will help you cope.