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What are the different types of anxiety disorders?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with this disorder display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms:

  • Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
  • Being easily fatigues
  • Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling the worry
  • Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)


Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks and the symptoms include:

  • Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear
  • Feelings of being out of control during a panic attack
  • Intense worries about when the next attack will happen
  • Fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past


Social Anxiety Disorder

People with social anxiety disorder, sometimes known as social phobia, have a marked fear of social or performance situations in which they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful or offending others. The symptoms of social anxiety disorder include:

  • Feeling highly anxious about being with other people and having a hard time talking to them
  • Feeling very self-conscious in front of other people and worried about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected, or fearful of offending others
  • Being very afraid that other people will judge them
  • Worrying for days or weeks before an event where other people will be
  • Staying away from places where there are other people
  • Having a hard time making friends and keeping friends
  • Blushing, sweating, or trembling around other people
  • Feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach when other people are around