Sunday, December 23, 2012

Anxiety, Depression, and Phobia...

I have Social Anxiety Disorder.

From Wikipedia: Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by intense fear in social situations causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function in at least some parts of daily life. The diagnosis of social anxiety disorder can be of a specific disorder(when only some particular situations are feared) or a generalized disorder. Generalized social anxiety disorder typically involves a persistent, intense, fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed or humiliated by one's own actions. These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others. While the fear of social interaction may be recognized by the person as excessive or unreasonable, overcoming it can be quite difficult. Physical symptoms often accompanying social anxiety disorder include excessive blushing, sweating (hyperhidrosis), trembling, palpitations, nausea, stammering often accompanied with rapid speech. Panic attacks may also occur under intense fear and discomfort. An early diagnosis may help minimize the symptoms and the development of additional problems, such as depression.

I have Major Depressive Disorder.

From Wikipedia: Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) (also known as recurrent depressive disorderclinical depressionmajor depressionunipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by episodes of all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. This cluster of symptoms (syndrome) was named, described and classified as one of the mood disorders in the 1980 edition of the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual. The term "depression" is ambiguous. It is often used to denote this syndrome but may refer to other mood disorders or to lower mood states lacking clinical significance. Major depressive disorder is a disabling condition that adversely affects a person's family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. In the United States, around 3.4% of people with major depression commit suicide, and up to 60% of people who commit suicide had depression or another mood disorder.

I have Telephone Phobia.

From Wikipedia: Telephone Phobia

Telephone phobia (telephonophobiatelephobia) is reluctance or fear of making or taking phone calls, literally, "fear of telephone". Telephone phobia is also considered to be a type of Social phobia or Social anxiety problem.
Sufferers typically report fear that they would fail to respond appropriately in a telephone conversation, and fear finding nothing to say, which would end in embarrassing silence, stammering, or stuttering. The associated avoidance behavior includes asking others (e.g. relatives at home) to take their phone calls and exclusive use of answering machines. As a result, the sufferers avoid many activities, such as scheduling events or clarifying information. 

While there may not be "tests" or physical examinations that prove or disprove I have any of these conditions, it is a fact that I take Escitalopram (Lexapro) daily, and Alprazolam (Xanax) as needed.  In another week, it will be 2013- the year I turn 30.  I have suffered so much for so long.  Now that I finally have a doctor I can trust, perhaps we can delve a little further into this mental illness and get me a little more straightened out.  I'm not holding my breath that anything will really help at this point, but it's worth a shot... right?

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