What is Anxiety? The 6 Types of Anxiety

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Over the years I have helped many clients overcome their anxiety using my unique integrated approach of counselling, biofeedback and hypnosis.

In this article I briefly explain 6 types of anxiety disorders.

Anxiety is a normal feeling which is our own alarm bell that warns us of danger. If a person has an anxiety disorder, the alarm bell may go off frequently and at times continuously. The anxiousness will be intense and could lead to a panic attack. Anxiety disorders affect 10% of the population. Females are almost twice as likely as men to have an anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders.

1. Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
A person experiences persistent anxiety and worries in excess about life circumstances.

2. Phobia
It is estimated that 5% of the population has at least one irrational fear or phobia. For most people responses to spiders or snakes have minimal effect on their lives. For others the fear can be very petrifying such as flying, heights or elevators.

3. Social phobia
Is a marked fear and occurs when a person is in a specific performance situation, such as public speaking, intense anxiety interacting with other people .

4. Panic disorder
Is regarded as attacks of strong fear and feelings of doom or terror unjustified by the situation. Over the course of the attack the person may experience shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, heart palpitations and even chest pain. At that point the person may even fear they are going crazy.

5. Agoraphobia
Is a fear of being in places and situations from which escape may be difficult. The person may not want to leave their house, being fearful of being outside alone, being in a crowd, on a bridge or in a tunnel.

6. Post-traumatic Stress
Usually occurs when a person is exposed to a distressing event outside the range of usual human experience. It is marked by flashbacks and recurrent thoughts about that event.

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