Stress and Anxiety

The 5 Most Common Types of Anxiety Disorders

Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:57 am

Types of Anxiety Disorder! Everybody has felt anxiety. Whether it’s about a new social situation, a presentation, or anything else, we all know that feeling of nervousness. But chronic anxiety disorders may be a cause for concern and become considered as anxiety disorder. If you feel a persistent, debilitating nervousness, then you may suffer from one of several common types of anxiety disorders.

There are many types of anxiety, and identifying your anxiety disorder is a key part of receiving treatment. Look at these common types of anxiety disorders to learn about how you can begin your mental health recovery.

5 Common Types of Anxiety Disorders

The 5 major types of anxiety disorders are:

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, GAD, is an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.
  2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed hoping to prevent obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.
  3. Panic Disorder: Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.
  4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat.
  5. Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder): Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation – such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, or eating or drinking in front of others – or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime they are around other people.
What is the Separation Anxiety Disorder?

Most people think of separation anxiety disorder only in very young children. And while that is when most cases occur, adults can also experience this common form of anxiety. The symptoms of separation anxiety disorder are:

  • Excessive worry about being away from loved ones
  • Near-constant fear of losing a parent to a disease or natural disaster
  • Avoiding leaving home for fear of separation from loved ones

While it’s normal for children to experience these symptoms, in adults, separation anxiety disorder is less common. Sometimes, it may be brought about by new situations, such as moving away from loved ones or another large life change. This type of anxiety disorder is best healed through professional care.

Which is the Most Common Type of Anxiety Disorder?

Phobias are one of the most common form of anxiety. While everyone has fears, phobias are categorized by irrationality and avoidance behaviors in individuals. In fact, most people with phobias realize that their anxiety is not rooted in reality, but cannot stop themselves from feeling that fear.

Among the common anxiety, phobias are among the most likely to affect an individual’s daily life. For example, someone living with a fear of cars may not find reliable transportation to work or the social events. The most common specific phobias include fears of:

  • Social events
  • Open spaces
  • Heights
  • Flying
  • Snakes
  • Insects

How to Treat the Most Common Types of Anxiety Disorders?

Across these 5 common forms of anxiety disorders, there are a few constants. First, irrational fear of nervousness. Second, physical symptoms like increased heart rates or shallow breathing. And finally, the thing holding these anxiety disorders together is that each of them requires professional mental health treatment.

Left untreated, anxiety disorders can lead to social isolation, stunted career growth, or even co-occurring substance abuse. For these reasons, if you feel anxious in a way that the common anxiety disorders listed above, then you need to get help.

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