Classifications Of Major Anxiety Disorders





Anxiety is becoming a problem in the world today. A lot of negative stressors are triggering anxiety disorder to take place. You may be a young one or an adult; you are not safe with anxiety because it can develop over time and in ways that it suddenly creeps up on you. “Anxiety becomes a disorder when the symptoms become chronic and interfere with our daily lives and ability to function,” says John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

However, not all anxiety disorders are the same. There are at least five anxiety disorders with different classifications and descriptions.

“Anxiety disorders are a set of related mental conditions that include: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia, and simple phobias. Anxiety disorders are treated by a combination of psychiatric medications and psychotherapy,” according to John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD is defined as over-worrying and overthinking about things that you don’t need to worry about. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder often worry about their ADL or Activities of Daily Living even without a single reason. They are also overwhelmed with the thought that something terrible is about to happen to them anytime during the day.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD can affect anybody at any age. The disorder manifests an obsession or repetition of behaviors. An example of that is becoming very keen on their things and arranging them in a weird but organized manner – something that is beyond regular.

A person with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can immediately identify if there were changes in the way his or her things moved, even without seeing if someone touched it or not.


Panic Disorder



Panic disorder is a sudden and repetitive event of a panic attack. Extreme fear triggers a panic attack. Feeling that something unfortunate is about to happen is also a sign of a panic disorder. Sometimes a person might even experience SOB or shortness of breath and intense palpitations due to the unstoppable negative thoughts that can lead to panic disorder.

However, a person can recover from this with proper management of thoughts and by doing some therapy work which can improve that person’s way of thinking.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is another anxiety disorder. People develop PTSD after experiencing an unfortunate event from a person’s life. A great example of that is when a person suffers from a road accident, and the experience was traumatic for him. Every time that person hears or sees anything that is related to his terrible experience like cars, he can get out of control.

Other than that, people with PTSD will also experience nightmares and flashbacks that can cause inappropriate responses.


Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder



This anxiety disorder is characterized by an unexplainable feeling of fear with large crowds. People with social phobia tend to avoid social situations or events because they can’t handle the anxiety and pressure. When they are to attend one, they will become very anxious with the way they look, dress, speak, drink and even the way they eat.

Sometimes Social Phobia is developed by past experiences like bullying or discrimination. Due to the shame that they have experienced, they tend to withdraw themselves from the people around them. It can eventually lead to social phobia if left untreated over time.

Other than that, a common symptom of social phobia disorder is experiencing shortness of breath when exposed to people. To them, it seems that they are the only person being looked at and talked about the whole time. Many people suffer from this disorder, however, there are various psychological treatments available for fast and efficient recovery.

Alicia H. Clark PsyD reminds everyone about coping with anxiety. “How to deal with anxiety is a critical skill for anyone suffering in this way and the very good news is that there are solutions that can help not only make your anxiety manageable but can actually go a long way to eradicating it from your life.”