There are 11 forms of Anxiety Disorders.
While these disorders may vary etiologically, they share similar characteristics.
The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy defines 6 of the 11 types of anxiety as follows:
• Social phobia – excessive concern about evaluation by others. Examples-anxious about using public bathrooms, apprehensive that others are evaluating or looking at you.
• Simple phobia – fears of specific places or objects, such as fears of animals, heights, elevators, flying, snakes, and spiders.
• Generalized anxiety – worries, sweating, apprehension, restlessness, shortness of breath, irritability, palpitations.
• Panic – experiences of intense anxiety, trembling, feeling like you are going insane, dying or losing control, feelings of irritability. Often, you avoid situations because of your fear that you will have a panic attack.
• Agoraphobia without panic – avoidance or anxiety in open spaces, public places, or when looking at certain stimuli (such as horizons).
• Obsessive-compulsive (OCD) – Recurring disturbing thoughts that you can’t seem to get out of your mind, which seem irrational to you, often followed by attempts to “neutralize” the thought by repeating actions (e.g., touching, counting, washing) or by hoarding. Many OCD people have thoughts that appear to them to be bizarre or dangerous-for example, obsessions about aggression, contamination, symmetry, disease, or sexual thoughts.” (The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy).
People who suffer from one of these disorders may also suffer from another, as one is often linked with another, and with depression or substance abuse.