Anxiety in Adults

Anxiety in Adults

Anxiety is one of the most common disorders in adults. Work, stress, economic problems are some of the factors that can trigger this type of disorder.

It is important to go to a specialist who can guide and provide help to treat and prevent anxiety disorders, specially those that can trigger other types of disorders.

In adults, untreated anxiety can begin to impact relationships, professional performance, family functioning, personal pursuits, and inhibit one’s full participation in life.

Avoidance of situations that trigger anxiety symptoms can make it difficult for a person to accomplish required tasks, leading to increased stress, isolation, and experiences of helplessness. For this reason, many people with untreated anxiety disorders also experience symptoms depression.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Adults

OCD affects up to 3 in every 100 adults in the United States. Approximately half of adult sufferers begin to experience symptoms in childhood.

To be diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a person must demonstrate both obsessions, categorized as excessive, irrational, and/or inappropriate thoughts, and compulsions, including recurrent, observable behaviors such as hand washing, or “mental compulsions,” such as counting or praying.

Common obsessions involve:

  • Fear of harming one’s children
  • Contamination concerns
  • Nagging doubts about having locked windows or doors
  • Repeated fears of acting in a sexually inappropriate way
  • Fears of being gay if straight, or straight if gay

Common compulsions involve:

  • Ritualized washing
  • Checking locks or appliances
  • Praying
  • Reassurance seeking

Obsessions and compulsions related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in adults can be a source of considerable embarrassment, can take up hours of a person’s day, and lead to avoidance of daily tasks and experiences.

At The Center of Cognitive and Behavioral Health we offer quality advice in the company of specialists in all areas of mental health and disorders of all kinds. Get in touch for personalized attention for all types of anxiety disorders in adults in Westport, Connecticut.