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Anxiety Post
Legacy Name: Anxiety Post


The Dusk Fester
Owner: Stitching

Age: 8 years, 2 weeks, 2 days

Born: July 5th, 2016

Adopted: 8 years, 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Adopted: July 5th, 2016


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September 18th, 2023

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  • Level: 1
     
  • Strength: 10
     
  • Defense: 11
     
  • Speed: 15
     
  • Health: 10
     
  • HP: 10/10
     
  • Intelligence: 1
     
  • Books Read: 1
  • Food Eaten: 0
  • Job: Unemployed


About Anxiety and PTSD

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is something everyone feels at least once in their life. However, while this is normal, anxiety disorder involves more than just a temporary worry or fear. For an individual with anxiety disorder, this disorder can get worse over time, it also never goes away. Anxiety symptoms can infiltrate every day life, work, relationships, school, and performance. There are several different types of anxiety related disorders. These are Generalized Anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobia-related disorders.

What is PTSD?

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress disorder is a disorder caused by a terrifying event, either being a witness to or experiencing the event. This disorder is NOT just caused by someone entering into the military and partaking in war. However, this is the most common way individuals know about it. PTSD symptoms are not just a temporary thing. The symptoms have to last months to years to be considered PTSD.

What are symptoms of Anxiety?

In order to understand Anxiety better, you must understand the different types. Each type presents itself differently and no two people experience anxiety alike.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is one of the most commonly seen types of anxiety. This type presents itself for at least 6 months or more to be diagnosed. It has to be present on average every day in some shape or form to be considered general. People often display high levels of anxiety about things such as personal health, work, social interactions, and everyday routine things. The fear/anxiety can cause interference in areas of social interactions, work, and/or school.

Symptoms from generalized anxiety can often include but are not limited to:

- Feeling restless, wound-up, or on edge

- Being easily fatigued

- Difficulty concentrating (IE Mind going blank)

- Being irritable

- Having Muscle tension

- Difficulty controlling feelings of worry

- Problems with sleeping such as staying asleep, falling asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep



Panic disorders are recurrent unexpected panic attacks. People with this disorder are prone to sudden intense moments of fear that come on rapidly and reach their peak within minutes. Panic attacks can be brought on by a trigger such as a feared object or situation. People with this disorder are often worried about when another panic attack may happen and will often actively work to prevent another attack. They might avoid behaviors, situations, or places associated with these attacks. With these efforts to avoid having another panic attack people with panic disorder related anxiety may develop agoraphobia. (A fear of going outside.)

Symptoms of Panic disorder often include but are not limited to:

- Heart palpitations such as a pounding heartbeat or accelerated heartbeat

- Sweating/trembling/shaking

- Sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking

- Feelings of impending doom

- Feelings of being out of control



Phobia related anxiety disorder is an INTENSE fear or aversion to specific objects or situations. While it is totally normal to feel some level of anxiety in situations, people with this disorder feel higher intensity levels of fear in relation to the situation/object which are often out of proportion in relation to it. Common phobia related anxieties are heights, social situations, flying, specific animals (IE Dogs, Spiders, Snakes.), needles, and/or blood.

Symptoms of Phobia related anxiety disorder often include but are not limited to:

- Irrational or excessive worry about encountering the feared object/situation

- Experience immediate intense anxiety upon encountering the feared object/situation

What are symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD can start within as soon as one month of a traumatic event but sometimes they do not appear until years later after the event. These symptoms can cause significant problems in social and work situations also they can cause problems in relationships. They can even interfere with the ability to go out and go about daily tasks. PTSD symptoms are often grouped into four different types: Intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking/mood, and changes in physical/emotional reactions. Symptoms to vary from person to person and even can vary over time in the same individual.

Why group two different mental illnesses into one?

Not only do Anxiety and PTSD share the same color for awareness ribbon, they are often something that goes hand in hand. Typically people with PTSD often experience severe and even debilitating anxiety. Anxiety however, can be experienced on its own without PTSD ever even being there. Individuals can experience PTSD without anxiety but, its unusual, as anxiety is one of the symptoms.

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