Types of Anxiety
An anxiety disorder, regardless of the type, can fill a person's life with overwhelming worry and fear. Clinical anxiety can take several forms, such as:
- Generalized anxiety disorder: Constant, exaggerated worrisome thoughts and tension about everyday, routine life events and activities
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Persistent symptoms that occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event
- Panic disorder: Repeated episodes of intense fear that strike often and without warning
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Repeated, unwanted thoughts or compulsive behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control.
Symptoms of these and other anxiety disorders can manifest in many ways, such as through flashbacks of traumatic events, obsessive thoughts, physical symptoms (fatigue, tension, or nausea), or becoming housebound. Fortunately, treatment is extremely effective, often combining medication and psychotherapy.
(Click Anxiety for more details. This article looks at the different anxiety types and explains their common symptoms, who is most likely to develop an anxiety disorder, and whether it can occur in combination with other conditions.)