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What are Anxiety Disorders?

The way that anxiety is expressed differs from person to person; sometimes it can be diagnosed in some of the following ways.

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – this is having regular or uncontrollable worries about many different things in everyday life.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder – this is an extreme fear or anxiety triggered by social situations.
  • Panic Disorder – this is having regular panic attacks without a clear cause or trigger.
  • Phobia – an extreme fear or anxiety triggered by a particular situation.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – anxiety caused by going through a traumatic situation.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – this is when anxiety involves having repetitive thoughts, behaviours or urges.
  • Health Anxiety – a relation to OCD where there is an obsession or compulsion relating to illness including researching symptoms.
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – this is where there is an obsession or compulsion relating to physical appearance.

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