ANXIETY DISORDERS: ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL
Anxiety can be broken down into six general categories, and people with anxiety may experience symptoms of more than one type of disorder.
GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER
You feel anxious most of the time, are worried about a range of things, and the feelings don’t go away.
You have an intense fear of being criticised or embarrassed in normal, everyday situations, such as making small talk, speaking up in class or at work and eating in public.
You feel extremely scared and concerned about a particular item or situation and do everything you can to avoid it. These fears may include flying, injections, being sick and public speaking.
You have panic attacks, which are uncontrollable and bring on physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness and perspiration.
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
You have ongoing fears that cause anxiety, which you try to relieve with certain behaviours or rituals, such as washing your hands obsessively (if you are afraid of germs).
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
This can happen after experiencing a traumatic event. Symptoms include nightmares or flashbacks of the event, and avoiding talking about, or anything related to, the event.