Long-Term Care

Trainer’s tip: Know the types of anxiety

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, February 10, 2011

There are five main types of severe anxiety, and each has different symptoms:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder: This condition involves excessive and unreasonable anxiety and worry lasting at least six months. Signs include restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, shaking, crying, pacing, sweating, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, fearfulness, and sleep problems.
  • Panic disorder: People with this condition have recurring attacks of panic. They may experience dizziness, faint feelings, sweating, trembling, chills, flushes, nausea, numbness, heart palpitations, or chest pain. These attacks occur suddenly and last several minutes.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: This disorder causes recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are unwanted or inappropriate. The person performs repetitive behaviors in response to these thoughts.
  • Phobias: These are irrational, intense fears of certain things or situations that interfere with normal functioning.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder: This occurs after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Symptoms include recurring memories, nightmares, and flashbacks.

This is an excerpt from the HCPro book, The CNA Training Solution, Second Edition.

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