Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders

There are six different types of anxiety disorders and people can have more than one type at any one time. They are shown in the table below.

 Anxiety disorders Features
 Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Frequently worrying and feeling anxious about a number of events or activities
 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Experiencing obsessions (frequent thoughts, images or impulses) and/or compulsions (repetitive behaviours or mental acts)
Panic Disorder (with or without agoraphobia) (PD) Regular and unexpected panic attacks (periods of intense discomfort or fear). There may also be anxiety or avoidance of places or situations in which a person fears having a panic attack
 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Experiencing distressing memories, increased physical and mental tension, and avoidance of people places and feelings related to a traumatic event where the person felt extreme fear, powerless or terror
 Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) Noticeable and constant fear of one or more social or performance situations
 Fear of a specific object or situation (Specific Phobia) Noticeable anxiety when exposed to a specific feared object or non-social situation, often leading to avoidance

Our online Psychological Assessment (e-PASS*) can help you determine the type and severity of anxiety that you are experiencing. In addition to assessing for the anxiety disorders, e-PASS* also assessed for 14 other commonly experienced psychological conditions such as depression, eating disorders, alcohol and substance dependence disorders.

  *  Disclaimer: e-PASS and our information on types of disorders is based on the diagnostic criteria in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fourth Edition – Text Revision”. This has since been revised (Fifth Edition). In the near future e-PASS and the information on our website will be updated to reflect these changes. 

Last Updated : 14-Oct-2013