Anxiety Disorders — A Quick Review


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There are lots of different terms used to describe anxiety disorders. Anxiety is a very common condition experienced by a majority of people. Some types of anxiety, however, may require special care. Learn a little bit about the different “kinds” of anxiety (and which kinds may require treatment).

Here is a quick run-down of the different types of anxiety disorders that you may find referenced by your doctor or on the Internet. These are not comprehensive discussions or diagnoses — just an introduction to terms.

Social anxiety disorder (or “SAD”)

Social anxiety disorder is also known as a social phobia, and is sometimes referred to as “SAD” (obviously an acronym for social anxiety disorder). SAD involves overpowering worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. This anxiety is often caused by the fear of being judged by others, or the possibility of being embarrassed.

Panic disorder

A person having a panic attack usually has feelings of terror that strike suddenly and frequently with little or no warning. Additional symptoms may include sweating, chest pain, palpitations, and a feeling of choking.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder

A person with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is inundated with continuous thoughts or fears that force them to perform certain rituals or routines. An obsession is the disturbing thoughts that a person may have and the compulsions are the rituals.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

When a traumatic or terrifying event occurs in a person’s life, a condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may develop. PTSD can cause long-lasting and frightening thoughts of the event, which may lead to a person becoming emotionally numb.

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  • Excellent share! In category, these anxiety disorders differ in symptoms.

  • This is really very helpful. No one could just slip out of daunting moments very easily but then of course, what matters is we learn how to handle it well.

  • Hi, 

    Its nice article guys about Social anxiety disorder. 

    Thanks guys for it. 

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