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What Are the Types of Anxiety Disorders?

a man struggles to conceal the symptoms of his anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by excessive, prolonged feelings of fear and anxiety that interfere with daily activities. They are some of the most common mental health issues in America and can significantly affect a person’s mental and physical health. Learning more about the different anxiety disorders can help people when seeking treatment for these conditions.

Understanding the diverse types of anxiety disorders is crucial in recognizing their symptoms early and seeking appropriate support in an anxiety treatment program. If you or someone you know is struggling to live life without fear and uncertainty, our staff members at Serenity Grove Recovery are eager to help. Our evidence-based treatment protocols can be highly effective in managing the symptoms of anxiety disorders and helping individuals to recover. It’s never too late to take back control of your life from anxiety. Call us today at 844.904.3485 if you’d like to learn more.

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety is a natural human response to stressful situations. However, for people with anxiety disorders, these unsettling feelings of fear and distress can persist and sometimes even occur in perfectly normal, non-threatening situations that they encounter in their day-to-day life. The constant state of worry and fear that characterizes anxiety disorders often leads to a number of mental and physical symptoms, some of which may be debilitating. The connection between anxiety disorders and other mental health conditions, such as depression, is also well documented, further demonstrating their potential to negatively impact a person’s overall well-being.

Some of the more common anxiety disorder symptoms can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Incessant worrying
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are several types of anxiety disorders, each with distinct features, although overlapping symptoms are common.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic and excessive worry about various aspects of life, such as health, family, work, or finances. The worry is often far in excess of what the situation warrants and is difficult to control. Individuals with GAD find it hard to keep their concerns in check and may feel restless or on edge.

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder is characterized by recurrent panic attacks. A panic attack is a surge of intense fear or intense discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes. During a panic attack, an individual may experience symptoms such as:

  • Palpitations
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Shortness of breath

Many people who experience these panic attacks may worry about having additional attacks.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as Social Phobia, is characterized by a significant fear of social or performance situations in which the individual is exposed to possible scrutiny by others. Individuals with this disorder may fear being humiliated or embarrassed. This leads to them avoiding social situations, which can interfere with their day-to-day life and relationships.

Specific Phobias

Specific phobias involve excessive and persistent fear of specific events, objects, situations, or activities. The fear is typically out of proportion to the actual danger posed. Common specific phobias include fear of flying, heights, specific animals, receiving injections, or even clowns. These phobias are specific to each individual, and there may be little rhyme or reason for the phobia. Encountering the object of the fear can provoke anxiety, or even a full-blown panic attack, in severe cases.


Agoraphobia involves intense fear and anxiety of any place or situation where escape might be difficult, or help might not be available if the individual has a panic attack. This fear often leads to avoidance of situations like being alone outside of the home, being in a crowd, or traveling in a car or public transportation. This condition is thought to be related to an existing panic disorder or may stem from the experience of previous panic attacks.

Find Peace at Serenity Grove Recovery

At Serenity Grove, our experienced mental health specialists know how debilitating and unsettling anxiety disorder can be. That’s why our team members are committed to offering help, support, and healing to anyone who walks through our doors. Managing an anxiety disorder is possible with the right tools, and that’s exactly what our clients get when they start our anxiety treatment program. We believe most people with anxiety disorders can lead happy, fulfilling lives. Start your recovery with us by calling 844.904.3485 or filling out our online contact form.