Types of anxiety disorders

Types of anxiety disorders

There are five classified types of anxiety disorders which we will briefly cover below. Should you wish to find out more, you can give us a call and a qualified professional will provide you with some guidance in order to minimise the effects of anxiety disorder.

1. Generalised anxiety disorder

GAD for short is an anxiety disorder characterized by exaggerated worry and tension. There is often little that provokes it, but patients still experience constant worry, restlessness and have trouble with concentration.

2. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

OCD is an anxiety disorder where the person is often plagued with intrusive thoughts or repetitive behaviours which are also called compulsions. These behaviours are frequently repeated with the hope that they will prevent these intrusive thoughts or compulsions.

3. Panic disorder

Panic disorder is characterised as unexpected or repeated episodes of extreme fear which is more often than not, accompanied by chest pain, heart palpitations or shortness of breath. You might also feel extremely dizzy or even nauseous during or before the panic attack occurs.

4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD often occurs after witnessing traumatic or violent events. PTSD triggers can include: witnessing violence or experiencing it yourself. It can also be due to the experience of a car accident or being part of warfare. But natural disasters or human-caused disasters can also be a trigger for post-traumatic stress disorder.

5. Social anxiety disorder

Often called social phobia, social anxiety disorder is an anxiety disorder that is best characterised by the overwhelming feeling of unease in social settings. Often, people with a social anxiety disorder feel extreme discomfort and are excessively self-conscious.