There are several different types of psychological disorders that affect millions of people everyday. A disorder can affect anyone and can be brought on by any number of things that can happen in one's life. The type of disorder is normally determined by the root cause and also the symptoms that a person is experiencing along with any family medical history of psychological disorders. In this article you will read about some, but not all of the types of psychological disorders along with the common symptoms.
An anxiety disorder is one type of disorder that is associated with unpleasant and overwhelming mental tension or worries that has no apparent cause. These worries can cause a panic attack in some people that suffer from anxiety disorders. People that have an anxiety disorder have symptoms that can include worrying excessively, concerns about a situation that leads to unrealistic fears and a fear of future panic attacks. People with this type of psychological disorder have trouble sleeping and can suddenly lose or gain weight as their eating habits change. When a panic attack occurs, you can experience shakiness, dizziness and the feeling that you might faint. Also numbness and tingling along with a fast heart rate, sweating and cold clammy hands are symptoms of an anxiety attack.
Probably one of the most common disorders is depression. At some point, everyone feels sad or depressed, but a person that can not come out of their depressed state within a couple of weeks may be suffering from depression. Some symptoms of depression can be a noticeable change in eating habits, loss of pleasure from things that you normally enjoy and a loss of energy. With this type of psychological disorder, one can feel a feeling of hopelessness and worthlessness. Indecisiveness and the inability to concentrate can be symptoms of depression.
Other types of disorders are Childhood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Eating Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). All of these psychological disorders have different symptoms to look for, but some of the symptoms are similar to those associated with depression. There are several other types of disorders, besides the ones that are mentioned in this article. If you experience or know anyone that has experienced any symptoms of a psychological disorder, consulting a doctor is very important. Any change in behavior, eating habits, sleeping patterns, work performance or social patterns can be warning signs that needs to be addressed. The earlier a disorder is detected and treated, the easier it will be to resume a normal lifestyle.
Determining if someone indeed has a psychological disorder can be difficult and it at times can be overlooked. Because depression symptoms are similar to the symptoms of several other psychological disorders, many people think that it is just a phase or feeling that will go away on its own. Interestingly, physicians will sometimes miss diagnose a psychological disorder as either a physical problem or a medical illness because of the symptom similarities. That is why it is very important to consult with your doctor and be completely honest with answering the doctors questions.