Types of anxiety

There are lots of different types of anxiety. Six of the most common are listed below.
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Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Feeling anxious most days and worries about everyday situations, such as school, work, relationships or health, for a period of six months or more.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Unwanted and intrusive thoughts and fears (obsessions) which leave the person feeling very anxious.

Panic disorder

Panic attacks are periods of intense fear or extreme anxiety which happen suddenly or when there is no sign of danger. Physical symptoms such as sweating, feeling short of breath, pounding heart, dry mouth, thinking you are dying and losing control, or are about to collapse, are common in panic attacks.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

A person may experience difficulty relaxing, upsetting dreams or flashbacks, and avoidance of anything which reminds them of the event. This can happen after experiencing a traumatic event, for example war, assault, accident or disaster.


Social phobia

A person has an intense fear of being critisised, embarrassed or humiliated, even in everyday situations, such as public speaking, eating in public, being assertive at work or making small talk.


Specific phobias

A person feels anxious about a particular object or situation, like going near an animal, going to a social event, or receiving an invitation and will go to great lengths to avoid it. Some phobias include animals, insects, heights and blood.