In the Philippines, mental health is still a bit of a taboo topic and there is still some stigma surrounding mental illness. In fact, it is almost as if a person’s mental health gets entirely brushed off or swept under the rug.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders may be ignored, especially with the prevailing mentality of “nerbyos lang ‘yan”. Nerbyos seems to be an umbrella term that Filipinos sometimes like to use to describe some form of mental or emotional distress.
The fact is, there are different kinds of anxiety disorders. And it is indeed possible to suffer more than one type at a time.
The Different Kinds of Anxiety Disorders
GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The first type is GAD, which stands for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. If you have a big presentation or an important job interview coming up, it is absolutely normal for you to feel some nerves and anxiety.
That type of nervousness can sometimes help you perform better by motivating you to prepare more. Then, once that presentation or interview is done, life goes back to normal, and the nerves are gone.
For those who suffer from GAD, however, those nerves never go away. The nervousness and anxiety is present day in and day out.
Practically everything worries them, and the symptoms that they feel are intense and persistent. It is not just one thing that makes them anxious, it is basically everything in their day to day lives. Family, friends, relationships, careers, finances, you name it.
If you have been feeling anxiety in such a manner on most days for six months or more, you may have GAD. You may even have some similar conditions such as social phobia or depression.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety is a real thing, and it can really make life difficult for those who have to do things in public or in front of an audience.
The truth is, social anxiety can get so bad that even eating around others at a restaurant can feel intimidating and daunting. There are indeed some people who suffer intense nervousness and anxiousness at the thought of having to be around people.