What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
The 6 major types of anxiety disorders are: separation anxiety disorder, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder.
Separation anxiety disorder
A person is said to have separation anxiety disorder when he/ she shows symptoms of excessive fear or anxiety concerning those to whom the individual is attached, especially excessive given their age and level of cognition.
Anxiety of a particular stimulus or situation is known as a phobic stimulus. There is marked fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation and intensity varies depending on proximity with the object or situation.
Social anxiety disorder
Intense fear or anxiety of social situations in which individuals may be negatively evaluated by others. Social situations almost always evoke anxiety, hence these situations are actively avoided.
A panic disorder is an abrupt surge of intense fear or discomfort that reaches its peak within minutes leading to physical or cognitive symptoms. Panic disorder is the fear of having these panic attacks.
Agoraphobia is the fear or extreme anxiety of being in crowded spaces with seemingly no escape.
Generalised anxiety disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder is characterised by excessive worry and anxiety about daily activities, with little to no control on the worry.