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6 Common Anxiety Disorders

The 6 Common Anxiety Disorders are ..

► Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This is probably the most well-known anxiety disorder. With OCD, you will have recurring thoughts or images in your head that you find distressing. These can range from a fear of being contaminated to disturbing violent or sexual thoughts. It may also manifest itself in the form of an overwhelming urge to perform certain actions (known as compulsions), such as checking the locks or washing your hands over and over again.

► Generalised Anxiety Disorder

This disorder results in you worrying constantly about almost everything and anything. If you have GAD, your thoughts will likely be imagining every single possible negative consequence of doing something and attempting to come up with ways to prevent them from happening. A combination of OCD and GAD can be brutal; you can end up thinking distressing thoughts, and ruminating over them all day long.

► Social Anxiety Disorder

SAD is essentially a fear of being judged by others, especially within social encounters. This can include parties, meetings, presentations or even just eating in public. Obsessive worrying over social interactions will be a regular occurrence in a SAD sufferer. Someone with SAD will often ruminate over social interactions after they have happened, thinking over everything they said in their head and wondering; “Did that come across the right way?”.

► Specific Phobia

This one is a fear of a specific animal, place, or situation. An example would be a fear of flying or fear of spiders.

► Panic Disorder

With panic disorder, an individual will fear altered breathing, rapid heart rate, sweating or tremors, believing they are signs of insanity, death, or impending collapse. This can often lead to avoidance of situations that could trigger these, and that is known as agoraphobia.

► Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD revolves around excessive fear, which is caused by being exposed to a threat or injury. Sufferers of PTSD often experience their traumas again in the form of flashbacks or nightmares and will avoid situations that trigger disturbing memories. The types of events that can result in this disorder are rape, physical violence and warfare.