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Types of Anxiety Disorders

By Preeti (Rajpreet Taneja) Taneja, R.S.W, M.S.W, B.S.W

Founder and Lead Therapist, Canadian Therapy

At some point in our lives, most of us will experience anxiety. While anxiety is a natural reaction to many stressors, such as starting a new job, taking final exams, and becoming a new parent, it is nonetheless an extremely unsettling feeling. For many people, the anxiety will subside once the stressor goes away. But for others, anxiety becomes persistent and excessive, even without obvious stressors interfering with daily life. In these cases, the person is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Types of Anxiety Disorders According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, anxiety disorders affect 4.6% of the population[1] - approximately 1,759,500 individuals in this country have experienced an anxiety disorder at some point. And according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition in the United States. Anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Panic disorder

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Social anxiety disorder

  • Phobias

  • Separation anxiety disorder

  • Agoraphobia

  • Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety can trigger symptoms such as:

  • Excessive fear and worrying

  • Restlessness

  • Agitation

  • Panic

  • Irritability

  • Irrational fear of danger

  • Racing thoughts

  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing

  • Sleep issues

  • Headache and stomachache

  • Pounding heart

  • Insomnia

  • Trembling

  • Muscle tension

How are Anxiety Orders Treated? Anxiety affects people differently, and the way a person can deal with it is by understanding the underlying triggers that cause anxiety. Once we identify the trigger, working with a therapist can help overcome anxiety. When suffering from an anxiety disorder, life may feel overwhelming most of the time. There is help out there for you. Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, can reduce or eliminate your uncomfortable symptoms. If you are interested in treatment options, please visit our website to book an appointment with a date and time that works for you. I’d be happy to discuss how I may be able to help, and I do offer online therapy for those who feel more comfortable accessing help from home.


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