There are several types of Anxiety Disorders:
- specific phobias, and
- generalized anxiety disorder - also called "free-floating anxiety" (GAD).
NOTE: "Free-floating" is misleading, though; everything is connected to some thing
- in this case it simply means that the connection isn't yet clear.
Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but all the symptoms involve excessive,
irrational fear and dread. Use the Menu below to go to the specific one(s) you are
interested in reading about.
Commonly major depressive disorder/reaction and other anxiety
"disorders" accompany this disorder.
Generally, the anxiety disorders are the most common, or frequently
occurring, mental disorders. They consist of a group of conditions that
share extreme or pathological anxiety as the main mood or emotional tone
disturbance. Anxiety, which may be understood as the extreme form of
normal fear, consists of mood, thinking, behavior, and physiological
- These include panic disorder (with and without a history of
agoraphobia), agoraphobia (with and without a history of panic
disorder), generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, social
phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, acute stress disorder,
and post- traumatic stress disorder
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Reactions and States
They are not "disorders"
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Specific Phobia: this is an
intense fear of something
that poses little or no actual
danger, such as closed-in
places, heights, escalators,
tunnels, highway driving,
water, flying, dogs, and
injuries involving blood.
These phobias aren't just
extreme fear; they are
irrational fear of a
The anxiety reactions are the most common, or frequently occurring, mental/emotional
debilitating states. While they affect millions of people age 18 years and older, they now
occur among much younger people, too - including children.
It results in fearfulness and uncertainty, and is characterized by having recurring intrusive
thoughts or concerns ("worries"). Frequently, they will avoid certain situations out of worry.
This is mostly accompanied by such physical symptoms as sweating, trembling, dizziness
and/or rapid heartbeat.
The Anxiety "Disorders/Reactions" consist of a group of conditions that share extreme
or pathological anxiety as the main mood, or emotional tone disturbance. These may be
understood as the extreme form of normal fear, consisting of mood, thinking, behavior, and
physiological activity disturbances.
Anxiety is a response or reaction to a threat, either real, or perceived, to our well-being;
physical emotional, mental, and spiritual.
It can also arise due to threats to our cherished beliefs, and ideals: because of the emotional
value we attach to them, any apparent threats or attacks upon them have greater impact than
some other stressful events. Because of this, when such threats arise, their impact seems to be
Anxiety can originate from lack of security, the need to be loved, and feelings of inferiority.
It is sometimes defined as a fear of reality; that it is an escape mechanism. It often involves
alcohol or phobias.
However, the more severe reactions are mostly due to frightening or traumatic events from the
past whose memories keep reappearing as if it were happening again.
Often, anxiety and the related reactions and behaviours are symptoms of a lack of self
confidence in individuals; instilling or restoring self confidence usually eliminates many of
the problems. But the more severe ones are based on fear.
Anxiety, a manner of speaking, can be understood as a special coping strategy that
doesn't work well.
- Anxiety is an emotional state,
- tension is the average individual's physical
reaction to stress and anxiety, while
- stress is a temporarily induced psycho-
physiological imbalance caused by an
apparent threatening event (this is a single
aspect of stress - see Stress) for a more
The various forms of Anxiety are emotional
Most of us have at one time or another been in
situations where we were so emotionally
aroused or upset that our ability to think
Example: someone "froze at the wheel", in an
automobile accident. "Freezing" or "getting
rattled" are just different descriptions of an
extreme anxiety state that is the psychological
equivalent to physiological shock.