Types of Anxiety Disorders
Types list: The list of types of Anxiety Disorders mentioned in various sources includes:
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Social phobia
- Specific phobias
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Acute stress disorder
- Anxiety disorder due to medical condition
- Substance-induced anxiety disorder
- Anxiety disorder NOS
Types discussion: What Are the Different Kinds of Anxiety Disorders?
- Panic Disorder—Repeated episodes of intense fear that strike
often and without warning. Physical symptoms include chest pain, heart
palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominal distress,
feelings of unreality, and fear of dying.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder—Repeated, unwanted thoughts or
compulsive behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—Persistent symptoms that occur
after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as rape or other
criminal assault, war, child abuse, natural or human-caused disasters,
or crashes. Nightmares, flashbacks, numbing of emotions, depression, and
feeling angry, irritable or distracted and being easily startled are
common. Family members of victims can also develop this disorder.
- Phobias—Two major types of phobias are social phobia and
specific phobia. People with social phobia have an overwhelming and
disabling fear of scrutiny, embarrassment, or humiliation in social
situations, which leads to avoidance of many potentially pleasurable and
meaningful activities. People with specific phobia experience extreme,
disabling, and irrational fear of something that poses little or no
actual danger; the fear leads to avoidance of objects or situations and
can cause people to limit their lives unnecessarily.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder—Constant, exaggerated worrisome thoughts and tension about everyday routine life events and activities, lasting at least six months. Almost always anticipating the worst even though there is little reason to expect it; accompanied by physical symptoms, such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea.
1. excerpt from Facts About Anxiety Disorders: NIMH
Medical Tools & Articles:
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- Medical Treatment Center
- Prevention Center
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