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7 Types of Anxiety (you may not know about)

1. Panic Disorder

Panic attacks are physical expressions of anxiety (e.g., palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, choking, chest pain, nausea, unreality, paraesthesia, etc.). Sudden panic attacks can arise; however, many patients tend to avoid situations in which they fear that panic attacks might occur.

2. Agoraphobia

Fear of places (crowds, public transportation, in closed spaces such as elevators…) might be difficult or embarrassing to a person if a panic attack occurred.

3. Generalized anxiety disorder

Patients suffer from somatic anxiety symptoms (tremor, palpitations, dizziness, nausea, muscle tension, etc.) and psychic symptoms, including nervousness, insomnia, and constant worry, for instance, that they (or a family member) might have an accident or suddenly become ill.

4. Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder

Occurs when people are afraid of situations in which they may be subject to criticism and others’ evaluation like public speaking, visits to authorities, conversations with managers, or interacting with people from the opposite gender. They are afraid of potential clumsiness, embarrassment, or being negatively judged.

5. Specific (Isolated) Phobias

Phobias are restricted to specific situations or animals (e.g., phobia of snakes, phobia of birds, phobia of snakes, phobia of sharks, phobia of holes) or other natural phenomena (e.g., phobia of heights, phobia of the ocean etc.).

6. Separation Anxiety Disorder

Overwhelming fear or anxiety concerning separation from those to whom the individual is bound.

7. Selective Mutism

Inability to express oneself in social situations where there is an expectation to speak, such as team meetings, conferences or training- even though the person speaks in other circumstances.

If you currently experience anxiety and you are unsure of where to get help:

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Anxiety disorders: short description according to ICD-10 and DSM-5 classification. Adapted from reference 107: World Health Organization. ICD-10 Chapter V (F) Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders: Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines. “Blue Book” Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 1991.

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