There are several different types of anxiety disorders, but here are four of the most common ones:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): This type of anxiety disorder involves excessive and persistent worry and anxiety about everyday events or activities, often without any specific trigger. People with GAD may worry about things like their health, finances, relationships, or work.
- Panic disorder: This type of anxiety disorder involves sudden and intense panic attacks, which are characterized by symptoms like racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating, and feelings of impending doom or loss of control. Panic attacks can be triggered by specific situations or can occur unexpectedly.
- Social anxiety disorder: This type of anxiety disorder involves intense fear and avoidance of social situations, such as parties, public speaking, or meeting new people. People with social anxiety disorder may worry about being judged or humiliated by others, and may experience physical symptoms like blushing, sweating, or shaking.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): This type of anxiety disorder involves intrusive, recurring thoughts or obsessions, which can lead to repetitive behaviors or compulsions. For example, someone with OCD may obsessively worry about germs and repeatedly wash their hands or clean their home to alleviate their anxiety.