- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): People with GAD experience excessive anxiety and worry about a variety of things, such as health, work, finances, and relationships.
- Panic disorder: People with panic disorder experience sudden, unexpected panic attacks, which are episodes of intense fear and anxiety that come on quickly and reach a peak within minutes.
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD): People with SAD experience excessive anxiety and fear of social situations, such as public speaking, meeting new people, or being the center of attention.
- Specific phobias: People with specific phobias experience an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights, spiders, or flying.
- Agoraphobia: People with agoraphobia experience anxiety and fear of being in places or situations where they might feel trapped or helpless, such as being in open spaces, crowded places, or public transportation.
- Separation anxiety disorder: People with separation anxiety disorder experience excessive anxiety and fear of being separated from people they are attached to, such as parents or caregivers.
- Selective mutism: Selective mutism is a rare anxiety disorder in which children are unable to speak in certain social situations, such as at school or around people they don’t know well.
Anxiety disorders are very common, affecting millions of people worldwide. They can interfere with daily life and make it difficult to work, go to school, and maintain relationships. However, anxiety disorders are treatable with therapy and/or medication.
If you think you may have an anxiety disorder, it is important to talk to a doctor or mental health professional. They can assess your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.