There are a number of various disorders that fall under the anxiety category:

1)  generalized anxiety,
2)  panic attacks
3)  panic attacks with or without agoraphobia,
4)  specific phobia,
5)  social phobia,
6)  obsessive compulsive disorder,
7)  post traumatic stress disorder.

One is able to distinguish between these disorders by the specific symptoms that he/she experiences. The following is a general and simplified description of each anxiety disorder.  It is imperative that an individual consult his/her physician if they experience the following disorders and/or symptoms to determine that no physical or physiological bases are provoking the distress and anxious response.  A mental health professional can help in a variety of ways so that the individual can resolve the following symptoms and facilitate a better understanding of the underlying issues behind the anxiety.

                                   Generalized Anxiety

This disorder is characterized when one experiences anxiety and worry, more often than not, over a period of 6 months.  It is difficult for the individual experiencing this anxiety to control the worry.
The following symptoms are also helpful in distinguishing this disorder:

It is important to note that these symptoms cause significant distress in one's level of functioning and causes impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Furthermore, this anxiety need not be associated with a medical condition and is triggered by other psycho social stressors.

                                       Panic Attacks

These attacks are most easily identified when there is a period when there is an onset of various feelings including apprehension, fearfulness, and terror. These feelings are often times accompanied with feelings of impending doom. One can experience the following symptoms while going through a panic attack:

It is imperative that physical bases behind these symptoms be ruled out first so that one is certain that no significant physical problems are causing or contributing to the above symptoms.


This disorder is feelings of anxiety regarding, or avoidance of, either various places or different situations where one feels they can not easily escape.  Furthermore, one may feel that help may not easily be available if they were to experience a panic attack or symptoms that are panicky in nature.  Therefore, one avoids these situations or events or else endures significant distress while experiencing the event. Furthermore, one experiences anxiety about having a panic attack or symptoms that are panic like.  One may also require the presence of a companion.

                                       Specific Phobia

The following symptoms are necessary to determine a specific phobia:

The avoidance, endurance, or distress causes marked interference with the individual's occupational, or social level of functioning.

                                          Social Phobia

Social phobia is determined when one experiences the following symptoms:

It is important to note that this fear or avoidance is not associated either with a physiological  effect of a substance (drugs or alcohol) or a general medical condition.

                               Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The following are symptoms of obsessiveness:

The following are symptoms of compulsiveness:

                                Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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