Types Of Anxiety

Did you know that anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in North America? An estimation of about one out of six people in the world may experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. 

These disorders can be debilitating and often go undetected because many of them are too embarrassed to seek help or do not realize that they have a problem altogether. But now you’re armed with knowledge for coping, so; hopefully, this won’t happen to you!

In this article, we’ll discuss different types of anxiety and how you can find relief by knowing your type. For instance, Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized as a feeling that something terrible will happen for no reason. This disorder cannot be relieved unless treated with medication or therapy sessions.

Types Of Anxiety Disorder

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder 
  • Phobias 
  • Social phobia
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic attack disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

Symptoms can include feeling edgy or having a sense of panic differing from person to person. Do you find any symptoms familiar when reading about them here? Find out more about each kind and see if you’re suffering from any.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects approximately 6 million adults across America each year – with symptoms ranging anywhere from restlessness, difficulty concentrating on tasks, or an inability to sleep concerning over possible future events.

For some people, the mere mention of anxiety is enough to make them feel anxious. This type of negative emotional looping can quickly spiral out into a generalized and all-consuming state. 

Constant worry keeps you deprived of living your life normally, like something bad is going to happen or might even be happening right now!


A specific phobia is an intense fear of a particular object, or activity that generally does not harm the individual. It can be termed as situational anxiety. Although people know their fears are excessive, and they can’t overcome them no matter how much they want to. 

These extreme anxieties cause distress for some individuals that scares them the most; public speaking is one example of this common condition known as “stage fear.”

Social Phobia

Social phobia is a natural feeling for many people, but it’s not always easy to tell the difference between what society considers normal and when social phobias become something more serious. 

While some degree of shyness in public places or discomfort while giving speeches are often considered common, if you’re experiencing these feelings with no end in sight, there might be an underlying problem that needs attention.

Many people suffer from “social anxiety,” which can range anywhere from mild nervousness to devastating fearfulness depending on how severe their symptoms are; however, even those who experience small degrees of this condition may want support because they know how disruptive such reactions can be.


Agoraphobia is the irrational fear of being in a situation where escaping may be challenging. The person who suffers from this condition experiences it on two occasions: 

  1. Being outside their house without someone they know nearby (e.g., during work hours).
  2. Places that are crowded with lots of people at any time (e.g., restaurants, malls). 

Panic Attack Disorder

When panic disorder strikes, it’s hard to describe how it feels because people experience different symptoms. Still, everyone knows when they’re having an attack, whether physical or mental – some even call for emergency services just so their loved ones can be reassured everything is fine!

When experienced by sufferers, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason either – sometimes one triggers something while other times it’s another entirely unrelated thing altogether, which leads someone into experiencing this problem again and again without warning signs beforehand, such as feeling under pressure.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

What is PTSD? A traumatic experience that can have a significant and long-lasting impact on someone’s mental health. Undergoing the event, they may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with symptoms like flashbacks or nightmares about what happened to them in their past trauma. Those with post-traumatic stress often experience significant mood swings in a day.

It is one of the most difficult problems for someone who already has existing mental health issues. Its unpredictable nature can make it hard for people around them to understand their symptoms on any given day, leading to further isolation if not addressed on time.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

A person with obsessive-compulsive disorder may not be able to distinguish between fear and an obsession, or they might think that outside forces are controlling their thoughts.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is when people can’t tell the difference between what’s safe versus unsafe in life – it causes them to have repetitive behaviors.

For instance, washing hands over and over again while also experiencing fears such as contamination from things around you which leads into obsessions about germs.

Diagnosing Your Anxiety And Finding Relief

An initial step is to consult your doctor to ensure that there is no physical issue causing symptoms. With a better understanding of your anxiety type, you’ll be more prepared to make an educated decision about your diagnosis.

Getting help from a professional psychologist who specializes in such areas may help you combat your mental disorder. The most common types of treatments for anxiety are psychotherapy and medications.

Psychotherapy helps you to understand your emotions, behaviors, thoughts, and actions better through conversation with an expert depending upon your health condition like sleep aid can help reduce symptoms by modifying the chemicals in our brains responsible for emotional regulation or moods.

There are many different forms of psychotherapy available depending on what type you may need, but they all have one thing in common: talk! “Talk” therapies involve talking about everything from feelings to patterns over time so as not only to get rid of unwanted habits but also grow into healthier ones based on past experiences.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, it’s essential to identify when and where your symptoms are occurring and its severity. Once you understand the root of your concerns, it’s possible to be free from this daily struggle by committing fully to treatments that work for you individually and take time each day just for yourself.