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Types of anxiety disorder


Types of anxiety disorder

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.

What Are the Different Types of Anxiety Disorders?

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
    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. 



Do you have persistent anxiety symptoms? Then it might be a good idea to speak to your physician or a psychologist. A psychologist can help you to manage your anxiety disorder.

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