What types of anxiety disorders are common among people with dystonia?

The anxiety disorders that most often affect people with dystonia are:
  • Social anxiety disorder: a less disruptive condition in which fear arises when the patient will be visible to other people or must play a socially active role such as proposing a toast or making a speech.
  • Panic attacks: the sudden onset of intense anxiety, characterized by feelings of intense fear and apprehension and accompanied by palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating and trembling. Panic attacks are usually accompanied by phobic avoidance, anticipatory anxiety and worrying in some detail about the consequences of the panic attack.
Other anxiety disorders include:
  • specific phobias
  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • agoraphobia
This content originally appeared on the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation website at www.dystonia-foundation.org.

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When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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