Anxiety is a normal human emotion and most of us experience some degree of anxiety due to a stressful event or misfortune. However, some people find themselves worrying or feeling anxious so often, that it interferes with their day to day life and is formally recognised as one of the anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders are very common, affecting approximately 15% of the population. The categories of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalised anxiety disorder.
- Anxiety disorder due to a medical condition.
- Panic attack.
- Panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia).
- Phobia disorders:
specific phobias– spiders, heights, flying, confined spaces, etc
agoraphobia – fear of open spaces
social phobia– also known as social anxiety disorder.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Acute stress disorder.