anxiety of closeness | fine-art portrait | by Martin Peterdamm

Description to this fine-art portrait series: the anxiety derived from being to close. humans are weird, humans are interesting. sometimes I don’t get this social thingy. fear of closeness…

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear.[2] Anxiety is a worry about future events, and fear is a reaction to current events.[2] These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness.[2] There are several anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorderspecific phobiasocial anxiety disorderseparation anxiety disorderagoraphobiapanic disorder, and selective mutism.[2] The disorder differs by what results in the symptoms.[2] People often have more than one anxiety disorder.[2]

The cause of anxiety disorders is a combination of genetic and environmental factors.[5] Risk factors include a history of child abuse, family history of mental disorders, and poverty.[4] Anxiety disorders often occur with other mental disorders, particularly major depressive disorderpersonality disorder, and substance use disorder.[4] To be diagnosed symptoms typically need to be present for at least 6 months, be more than what would be expected for the situation, and decrease functioning.[2][4] Other problems that may result in similar symptoms include hyperthyroidismheart diseasecaffeinealcohol, or cannabis use; and withdrawal from certain drugs, among others.[4][6]

Without treatment, anxiety disorders tend to remain.[2][5] Treatment may include lifestyle changes, counselling, and medications.[4] Counselling is typically with a type of cognitive behavioral therapy.[4]Medications, such as antidepressantsbenzodiazepines, or beta blockers, may improve symptoms.[5]

About 12% of people are affected by an anxiety disorder in a given year, and between 5% and 30% are affected over a lifetime.[4][7] They occur in females about twice as often as in males, and generally begin before age 25 years.[2][4] The most common are specific phobias, which affect nearly 12%, and social anxiety disorder, which affects 10%.[4] Phobias mainly affect people between the ages of 15 and 35, and become less common after age 55.[4] Rates appear to be higher in the United States and Europe.[4]

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