Types of anxiety disorder
Reviewed by our psychologist : Silvija Licina
There’s a range of different anxiety disorders. Each anxiety disorder is caused by different things and they each require a different approach in terms of treatment and management.
In this article:
- What are the different types of anxiety disorders and how can you identify them?
- Managing an anxiety disorder
What Are the Different Types of Anxiety Disorders and How Can You Identify Them?
We’ve put together a list of 6 different types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
If you suffer from GAD, you experience brooding worries about things that might or might not happen. You’re in a constant state of nervous tension. This is a very common type of anxiety disorder.
Agoraphobia means having a fear of certain places and situations, for example going to the grocery store. This location triggers feelings of dread, even if you don’t know exactly why.
- Panic disorder
If you have panic disorder, you’ll frequently experience sudden panic attacks that quickly disappear. You might experience them, for example, when riding on public transport. You’ll experience anxiety and fear of losing control.
- Social anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder means you have difficulty interacting with others. You’re afraid of what other people might think. A common form of social anxiety is fear of failure.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
People with OCD have to respond to certain urges or experience repetitive thoughts they can’t break. For example, you might have to keep checking that you’ve locked the door.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
This anxiety disorder occurs in response to a traumatic event. You’re struggling to process the fear you felt at the time. This leads to stress and anxiety.
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Managing an Anxiety Disorder
Everyone gets scared sometimes, so that in itself isn’t necessarily cause for concern. If you’ve noticed that you’ve started to avoid certain places and situations, then this may indicate a deeper issue.
It’s not always clear what causes anxiety and when it will surface. Even if the reasons are unclear or complicated, an anxiety disorder might still be involved. You can always speak with one of our psychologists. They’ll listen to whatever you have to say. We can help you find better ways to manage your anxiety disorder.