Hey everyone! This week’s video topic comes to me from you, and all of your requests. Anxiety Disorder: What are are they? And what do we do? So stay tuned *Peaceful Melody* So like I said, this week’s topic is anxiety disorders. And after getting that request from many of you, and then looking through the DSM, what actually falls under anxiety disorders? What is that criteria? Blah blah blah blah blah. There are a lot, and a couple of them I’ve already touched on, and a couple of them I will touch on in future videos. But one is PTSD, and that is in a video I did probably about two months ago or so. So check out my PTSD video for questions and, you know, comments about that. But, um, and another one that I’ve had requested is OCD, which also falls under anxiety disorders, and that’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and I will do a video on that at a later time so don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, cause when I put it out, you’re gonna want to know. So, the first thing I want to touch on, and I have my DSM here, my handy dandy DSM. And just to try to make this as clear as possible, the first part of anxiety disorders that I want to talk about Wow that is a mouthful. Anxiety disorders. Buduluhuluh. Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, which I will call it from now on, cause that makes it so much easier. So GAD is an excessive anxiety and worry occurring more days than not for a period of at least six months. And I guess the best way I can think of this presenting itself in my office is when I have a patient who all they do it worry about Let’s see. What people think of them. And it happens a lot. Obviously this cannot otherwise be attributed to an eating disorder or something like that. If someone just has anxiety over something else that can be accounted for in another diagnoses it’s not GAD. But what I have people that have GAD it’s alomst like they worry so much about everything in their life like, ‘I – I don’t want to be late for this and I – What if I don’t a hundred percent on that test and – and oh my gosh and my apartment isn’t clean and my friends are coming over – ‘ I mean everything is excessive worry. And the way that I always think excessive is, is that it’s more intense of a worry than the actually situaton warrants. So – I know that sounds like therapy talk and it’s kind of annoying – but what I mean is Like for me, if people are coming over to my house and I was like, ‘Well my house isn’t really clean.’ I’d be like, ‘Well, you know, when I get home I’ll tidy up as quick as I can and let it be what it be.’ Right? Cause they’re my friends and they’ll love me anyway. So, that would be a normal, quote unquote ‘normal’, relative worry where you’re like, ‘Ugh, it’s dirty, but I need to clean it’ And then you’re over it, right? ‘Oh, I’ll just do this and dudududu.” But a person with GAD can’t really do that. They will excessively worry about it so much that it can ruin their day, and they might want to try to leave work early and they might even, like, hurt other people’s feelings and do other things that are bad for them in order to alleviate this worry. OK? So that’s GAD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. And, as with all of the things I talk about, I mean, anxiety disorders have at least like, I don’t know, fifty pages in the DSM. So this is a very succinct version. Now the next thing I want to talk about is social phobia. Now, many of you talk about having social anxiety, and from what I can read in the DSM, social anxiety isn’t actually a diagnoses under the anxiety disorder. It would be called social phobia. And, they say that the essential feature of social phobia is a marked and persistent fear of social or preference situations, in which embarassment may occur. Now, I find this to be most prevalent with my teen clients, and my young adult clients, the ones in college and stuff. Because we’re in social situations a lot, and it can be very, like we may be in a new high school, and we’re already nervous and so then we start to worry about what everybody thinks, and we don’t want to be embarrassed, and we don’t want to embarrass ourselves And, oh that person’s giggling, ah they’re giggling about me, and that’s kind of how this presents itself. We think that a lot of times anybody that’s giggling or looking or somebody is pointing, we automatically think that they’re talking about us we’re doing something embarrassing, and it’s terrible. So that’s kind of what social phobia is, and under social phobia it says ‘Social Anxiety Disorder’ so that’s kind of where that falls. And that’s is something that I honestly, along with all the anxiety disorders, it’s really important that we go to therapy and we talk about this with someone and we kind of process it through. And, in my experience, CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is the best with this because we’ll do what we call, like, downward, I think it’s actually technically, downward arrow questioning where we try to logically talk ourselves out of these, you know, kind of anxiety provoking situations like, ‘OK, well, there are seven hundred people in, you know, the cafeteria today, what are the chances that that person laughing is laughing about us? Well, one is seven hundred. Well, is that really a high risk situation? Is it most likely that they’re thinking and laughing about me? Or is it least, less likely that they’re thinking and laughing about me? Well, it’s probably less likely.’ And we kind of talk ourselves out of it. So if you suffer from social anxiety or social phobia, and you’re wondering what to do about it, I would look into seeing a CBT therapist, OK? So that’s just a little tip. And then, what is agoraphobia? Everybody talks about that too, right? And that falls under this as well. Now, agoraphobia differs from social anxiety or social phobia in that it doesn’t have to do with social situations. It’s not relational. It’s not like, well, that girl is pointing at me and she’s being really mean, or that guy was whisper and I know he was whispering about me. It’s not relational with those kinds of people, it is all to do with us getting into a situation, which usually is social or just out of our house, out of our ‘comfort zones’ so we may be safe at home, we may be safe at work. But anything else, it’s not safe. And our main concern is that we’ll get somewhere, and we can’t leave. Either we can’t leave easily, or without embarrassment. And that our biggest worry is like, ‘I’m gonna get, and then I’m gonna start to feel overwhelmed, and then I won’t be able to leave or I’ll have to embarrass myself in front of people to leave, because I’ll be stuck, you know, I’m in the middle seat in this opera, and i’m gonna have to get up and disturb all these people. It’s gonna be really embarrassing for me.’ So that’s kind of more what agoraphobia is vs. social anxiety. So, social anxiety’s more relational, agoraphobia’s just like, situational. If that makes sense. That’s kind in my mind, how, if I had my white board I would draw a line and I would break them down like that. So that is that. Then there are panic attacks and panic disorder. Now panic attacks, I know many of you have said that you have had them, and that you have them a lot, and they’re really overwhelming. And that’s the truth. They really suck. They’re terrible. And they not only come on quickly, but once we have them, then we always worry that we’re gonna have more of them. And, the symptoms of panic attacks can be somatic or cognitive in nature. So it can be like, heart palpitations, I can be sweating, I can be trembling, I can be shacking. The most common thing that I hear in my practice is, ‘I feel like I’m drowning.’ And, I think that’s because we have those heart palpitations and we don’t breath very well and we feel like we’re drowning. And so, our, um, these will happen usually in ten minutes or less and you can have a panic attack, but only if, and I want to make sure I say this correctly Only if we have recurrent and unexpected panic attacks followed by at least a month of worry that we’re going to have another do we have panic disorder. OK? So that how those differentiate, because panic attacks can happen, and some of us with Generalized Anxiety Disorder may have a panic attack ever once in a while when we’re put in a really stressful situation, but unless we have them recurrent and we worry about them all the time, we don’t have panic disorder. We would have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or agoraphobia, with panic attacks. OK? So that’s how those are differentiated. And, just to give you an idea of how many other things are included under anxiety disorders, we have Panic disorder without agoraphobia, panic disorder with agoraphobia, so you can see how all of these can be attached on to one another. With or without. So that’s why I just gave you, you know, those most common, and what I hear most from you, and what you wanted me to talk about. So that is, you know, and umbrella view and the most common, um, panic related and anxiety related disorders, and, you know, different attacks that we can have. OK? So now, what the heck do we do? Well the first thing is I would definitely see a therapist, and I would also look into seeing your doctor, your GP, or your psychiatrist because of the physical things that can come up when we have anxiety. And we want to make sure that not only are we health, you know our physical health is under control and managed, but we also want to make sure that our anxiety isn’t causing any damage to anything. I mean, I’ve had a client that had a little heart valve issue because of all the panic attacks, and the breathing and I mean, she had a predisposition to the before, but you just want to make sure that everything is OK and that these aren’t being caused by a medical condition. And that’s really important. That’s something that I don’t think I mention enough, is that when we think we have a certain mental disorder that’s why we need to go to our primary care doctor always, because we want to make sure that it can’t be attributed to something else. Because a lot of people will diagnose us, and they’ll be wrong. And it’s not because they’re not good clinicians, there’s just a lot to factor in and I want to make sure that we know that this is not being caused by something else. And, if we cannot get these things under control, and our panic attack potentially are making school really hard or we could potentially lose our job and things like that, we want to make sure that if we need medication they can give us that and they can help us out and a CBT therapist or just a regular talk therapist can really, really help as we figure out where this came from, why we’re doing it, and we can kind of talk ourselves out like I talked that downward arrow questioning. And it can sometimes help us out of that. So make sure to take a look at that. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, cause I will do a video on OCD, that will be coming up really soon so stay tuned for that. And like I said I already did a video on PTSD, and I’ve done some videos on anxiety 101, and breathing techniques, those can help sometimes when we feel our anxiety building and, so, I would take a look at those and check those out. And don’t forget to leave your comments below. I know many of you, so many of you, struggle with this, and you’ve asked me to do this video. So please leave your comments. If there are other things you want me to talk about, if you have tips and tricks and things that work for you please share them. Our community is amazing and it’s growing, and you’re all helping each other. And I love to watch it to be honest, it’s very exciting. So keep working with me, keep helping one another, as we work toward a healthy mind and a healthy body. Ok good. Yeah! I’m over heating. Over heating! If I was like a little thermometer I’d be like Booo! The little steam would be coming out and the little red light would be flashing. Heh! Ok. Time to get outside, do something fun. Yeah, yeah! Maybe get a tan, cause I am like a ghost. Yeah!

100 thoughts on “WHAT ARE ANXIETY DISORDERS? – Mental health psychology about stress, fear & treatment by Kati Morton”

  1. None of these describe what I have but everyone thinks it’s anxiety. I’m waiting for a therapist to actually talk to me so they can diagnose me but I wish I knew what it was.

  2. I have had anxiety ever since I could remember and have been in an pit of therapy since I was about 4/5. I have been diagnosed with social anxiety because social situations and meeting new people can lead me to panic, I had also been told I have generalised anxiety with depression. I’ve tried medication which only made the depression worse and I’ve tried CBT several times and it never works for me. I used to have panic attacks every other week especially if i was around people that made me feel particularly anxious or if I was singled out. Nothing works and the feelings fluctuate, I wonder if the diagnoses is wrong or maybe there are other things I could try, I genuinely don’t know what’s wrong with me…

  3. I used to have panic attacks daily and now they’re more like bi-weekly (I started going to CBT) but I really don’t think it’s panic disorder bc I have no fear or worry that I will have a panic attack, I just worry about random stuff till I panic. My therapist diagnosed me with something but I was worrying too much and not listening to her and so I forgot what she said and now it’s been over a year and a half so I don’t want to ask ooooof

  4. Also there is health anxiety or hypochondria, that's what I have. I check my body for cancer ten to twenty times a day. I think I'm dying of a terminal illness or I think I'm sick with something all the time. I always think I have breast cancer because it's in my family. Im trying to get help. Anxiety sucks.

  5. Dr Kati, would you ever be interested in doing a video about the song "Neon Gravestones" by Twenty one pilots? I would be interested to know what you think of it as would many other twenty one pilots fans! Or just their music about Tyler Joseph's (the songwriter and singer) mental health disorders. I'm subscribed so I would be thrilled to be able to see it on my notifications!

  6. is it normal for anxiety to cause psychosomatic reactions? when I get anxious the first bodily reaction after I think about or experience something that makes me anxious is to feel pain or discomfort in my abdomen. it's gotten to the point i've been so stressed out for so many days or weeks I worked myself up into believing I might have an ulcer because that feeling is so consistent.

  7. I’ve had anxiety since I was 8…I would go through periods of such high anxiety I would get angry, or I would make myself so nauseous I couldn’t eat. Medication has helped the constant worry so I can eat and function, but therapy helps me to focus on what I failed to pursue or avoided because of anxiety. Stay strong to those of you with anxiety. Don’t be afraid to talk about how you feel to family, friends, or a therapist.

  8. I recently learned that my hypothyroidism levels were too high and that was making my anxiety worse. So very good idea to check with your PCP for physical issues.

  9. This is quite a personal question, so don’t answer if you aren’t comfortable- but I was curious to find out what your mental health issues are, or even if you have any? I have Anxiety/panic disorder and OCD

  10. So true. I change everything up to try to control my anxiety. Cleaning is a major issue in my life. I feel like my anxiety disorder gives me OCD and I also have a much harder time doing things I used to. I isolate and dont have friends over anymore. I hate my anxiety and PTSD. I try to fully accept myself but this makes it hard. I know its bc of the trauma I've been through. Still trying to find a trauma specialized therapist who can help me.

  11. My panic attacks are getting so bad to the point I lost my job I’m scared to leave my house I have a 2 year old son and it makes me so emotional that I don’t have the courage to go out to the park with him its consuming my life in the worst way I can last weeks and weeks with out leaving my house I’m just getting so depressed I really would like to seek help but I feel like everyone is going to think I’m crazy or I’m doing it for attention

  12. About 4 months after having my daughter I started having panic attacks. & started to close myself in because I had one in the car, at a friends, at a restaurant, doctors office that I started to avoid those places. I did start taking medication & counseling & I’ve learned a lot of coping skills to push myself & get out of the house. Almost a year later & I still feel super foggy headed & anxious all the time but I can say I haven’t had a crippling panic attack since June! But I wish I could just wake up & feel normal. 😓

  13. i fear for my life and my mental health everyday and i panic very often. i freak out over anxiety at leats 5 times a day

  14. my old therapist said social anxiety can turn into agoraphobia which sounds way wrong but she said it like i need to be extremely cautious. the look on her face stuck with me but idk about her anymore lol

  15. Hi I deal with anxiety and depression and ADHD. How do I get people to understand that I can't just "get over it " and why it takes alot of time to deal with

  16. You look so much like my ex girlfriend. When I miss her, I watch your videos. Is that weird? Do I have some sort of disorder?

  17. Yes that's so me I feel embarrassed because I may feel being judged because in the past I was bullied about acting like a girl, walking, talking

  18. I don't know, i feel like if we talk too much about mental illness, we'll become ill. Like,i worry too much about my mental health since my therapist said i heve OCD. My priest said i will get paraphrenia, my therapist said that it's an old technical term that was used just to scary me in order to not care anymore about buddhism and other stuff like stuff not being necessary or other shit

  19. My anxiety was so bad that I almost failed my (Mandatory) speech class in high school. I used to make the presentations but I wouldn’t present them half the time. I actually hid in the bathroom… then I started to freak out that my friends would think I’m weird. It was my freshman year and it was hell everything was new. Also I didn’t know that you didn’t share classes with just your grade. So that freaked me out.

  20. GAD is probably my worst diagnosis. Last year, I was applying to colleges. I couldn't tell you how many times I said "What if Geneseo (my 1st choice school) doesn't want me? I will have nothing to do with my life."

  21. Kati, please talk about Illness Anxiety Disorder, I've been looking for a safe material about it and I can't find anything. Not even articles online, but I really trust your videos. And maybe talk about how IAD would differentiate from OCD. Thank you so much

  22. I’ve been diagnosed with GAD, SAD, PTSD, and PDD. I can’t even imagine what just waking up, breathing deep and saying “Good Morning, World!” would be like. Just waking up is a reason to be depressed.

  23. My GAD came out of know where and it has gotten worse. 2 days ago I had a episode wasn't feeling good all day kept feeling like I need to go to the ER but I didn't and then at night I started feeling a pain in my stomach then I felt like I was going to be sick at my stomach so I did and broke out into a cold sweat and I was still feeling dizzy and lightheaded so I decided to call 911 for an ambulance she said if you have any pets but them up and unlock the front door and I got up to put the puppy in her little apartment and my legs wouldn't work right they were buckling the top of both of my legs hurt and burn I just couldn't believe anxiety can do this to you and still to this day my legs are weak and I buckle and my vision has gotten more blurry. The doctor at the hospital said it was general anxiety disorder

  24. I’ve had severe anxiety for most of life it’s definitely no fun,for the longest time I couldn’t keep a job or friendships until I got help it took me a while to really get help but when you get help it changes your life .Please don’t ever give up be strong and get the help you need please your life will improve so much

  25. How to stop constantly thinking about the past and its embarrassing moments so that I can stop blaming myself for them.

  26. nine years ago I started shutting off the world little by little. First friends, then family, now work. I don't even like to stroll into the farmer's market with my boyfriend. I have a college degree and lots of great work experiences before I started to get worse, but since then I've had a never-ending string of jobs and I can't afford treatment or anything, really. I usually don't make it more than a day anywhere because of overthinking and I'm so tired of not having money to get my health problems sorted. I had a job working from home but it was phone work and it really stressed me out. Does anyone have any advice?

  27. I definitely have social phobia. Whenever I talk to friends I think they will judge every sentence I say. Even though they won’t. I feel like they will.

  28. Nice video! Thank you for this information. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety treatment in Total Mental Wellness is available. We help manage mood disorders effectively.

  29. I don’t know what I have but it seems as if everyone and everything scares me and I panic I feel like I’m literally mental in a lot of ways but everything is so confusing and I’m always helping so many of my friends who are depressed and I don’t want to tell my parents or anything because it might be super awkward or they won’t believe me, my heart is starting to beat fast so I’m just going to stop here

  30. When I get anxiety my mind won't stop racing! I keep thinking about things that are not important at all 🙁

  31. I have experienced many panic attacks but also can I relate to every single disorder. I do not suffer from one specific, instead it seems like there is a bit of everything, like a pretty bad mix.
    What does that mean?

  32. I wonder how it feels to feel good for yourself..

    I always think that what I do isn’t enough for my classmates. I always feel embarrassed, depressed,and if I should be nonexistent to anyone.

  33. I think I’m developing anxiety disorder. This is the first time it’s ever happened to me. The chest pain, rapid heartbeat, exhaustion, etc. It scares me so much.

  34. The best way to describe my worst panic attacks is: a combination of the grief you would feel hearing that all your family just died in an accident, plus the absolute terror of falling headfirst off a building. Literally the worst suffering I've had in my life.

  35. I have an anxiety disorder (PTSD) and my friend thinks that it's fake. She says that anxiety and PTSD are just made up things that weak people have. It makes me feel really sad idk..

  36. I dont really know if i have anxiety but:
    I feel embarrassed if someone is being embarrassed
    Im shy to make friends
    I want to be lonely sometime
    I cant sleep at night comfortably
    I sceared if everyone looking at me i feel like pls dont look dont look
    Im sceard to wear shorts because im sceard if someone looked at my thigh because im fat especially i do sports
    I want to everyone to shut up if their noisy but im to shy cause i sceard to be embarrassed

    2019??hit that thumbup boutton

  37. I wish she would dedicate a video to hypochondriacs. I've been interested in this since I learned it was a thing, and I think it's important to talk about because it has to do with making up illnesses.

  38. What is the line between wanting to keep up on things / not falling behind and being excessive in worry or knowing that your not doing as much as you can…

    Or letting things slide(like the example of a untidy house) without being careless?

  39. I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on him Jesus said and that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God

  40. I'm here because of Twice Mina's mental illness, I can't seem to fully understand what an Anxiety Disorders are. 🙁

  41. I don't know if i have anxiety but let me just explain why i think i might. Over the last month i have begun to have genuine panic attacks about many things. Mainly because of school. The thing is, i consciously know that im being irrational and i know that everything is fine but my entire body reacts as if its on fight or flight mode and i have all of the symptoms of a panic attack. I feel very nauseous and shaky, i feel as if there is no oxygen in the air to breathe and i feel as if i am about to die. but at the same time i know i will be fine. I have skipped 4 classes due to just an overwhelming fear and attacks.

    There is also this thing what i have been feeling that i have never heard anyone talk about and i couldn't find anything about it online. It is a feeling that just trickles over me and feels like a traumatic flashback and i feel really light and as if i am not here. It feels like my mind has left my body and i feel as if i have no control over anything. I used to get this feeling everytime i woke up from a recurring nightmare i would have as a child. The nightmare was just a white line moving horizontally across a black background. That was it, i don't understand why it would make me so terrified. I would wake up crying and screaming and i would also have that feeling. That feeling of no longer being there and feeling light but also sickly and as if i have no control and my life is over. I don't know how else to explain it. But anyway, that feeling went away when the nightmares stopped, i was about 12. But that specific feeing has come back in recent weeks and its genuinely scary. It feels like a flashback but will feeling instead of situational.

    Also, whilst writing this comment my heart is racing, i feel like this every time i talk about this kind of stuff.

    Also, another think i guess i should add is that from a very young age i have had a social phobia like you described. I infact had selective mutism until i was 13 due to my extreme fear of embarrassing myself or being judged by others. I could physically only speak to my parents and one friend. Everyone else i could not speak to, even if they spoke to me, i would just nod or shake my head to answer people. When i started secondary school at 12, i was bullied for it a lot and people would try to make me talk and would scream in my face or comment about it. I decided to leave that school and go to a new one because of the bullying. But before i left, i began to understand how irrational i was being. It took me another year to be able to ralk to new people and now 3 years later at the age of 15 im still trying to overcome it. It is still extremely difficult. I mainly try to treat everything as if i have nothing more to lose but that is the only way i have been dealing with it and i was like "fuck it, who cares if i talk to this person" so i used that mindset to be able to talk to people. But still it is a problem for me. I still cant talk to some people who arent comfortable talking to me. I can almost never start conversations and when i do, im usually dismissed quickly or something.

    Just wanted to put this out there because im genuinely confused about my mental health and i don't know if i should see a therapist or not. My parents still dismiss everything i tell them and as a child they dismissed my selective mutism as "just being shy"
    Also btw i have never seen a professional and i have not been diagnosed with anything
    The reason i know that i hqd selective mutism is because i did a lot of deep research into it and i know how i felt during that time, what i was dealing with was exactly selective mutism.
    The rest, i have no idea, and i want to know more. I want to know if there is something wrong with me and if i need to see a therepist.
    Please share your opinion.

  42. I hear voices in my head; they tell me hateful things and what to do. The voices are loudest at night and or when I am alone. This has been going on since I was about ten years old. I am on medication for anxiety and depression yet they don't seem to be working very well. I plan to tell my doctors when I go get brain surgery on Monday. It will be the ninth I've had before I am sixteen. It got to the point of self harm when I turned thirteen when I was cutting myself. I stopped cutting because I lost the blade but I bite my arms frequently. I have been through things I would never wish upon my worst enemy (including panic attacks), and all in the past two years! What kind of help do you think I need?

  43. Great description of Social Phobia. I think it's important to work on your inner self, to build confidence and self-worth, in order to care less what others think. There's much freedom in that.

  44. i feel like entire world watching and hated me
    i even never go out from home its feel like wild seeing crowd
    i dont trust anybody no friends just alone and its comfortable for me

  45. I want to ask my doctor for the anxiety test but idk. I don't really want to have to tell my parents, and it would be rlly embarrassing if I don't have actual anxiety.

  46. I don't care if I'm late in school. I don't care if I'm not get 100% in exam. I don't care what future is this because internet is enough for me. I worry when people judge me, mock at me and call name at me. This is myself but people say it's my fault because my personality. I mean I hate despasito, baby shark but love old song but not like texas song. People think I'm arrogant or rude because since I'm introvert I least speak especially I'm 7 to 11. People are more cruel than school

    Edit: is this anxiety? What is it?

  47. Prayer & meditation may help one to a positive track … "Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon thee." ~ Baha'u'llah, Baha'i Faith

  48. I had seriously GAD.. even when i type this comments i have to think a hundred time to post it or not just because i'm afraid someone will judge my bad english.. this is not my first language btw.

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