7 Types of Anxiety Disorders

Generalized anxiety disorder, also known as GAD, is the most common among anxiety disorders to be diagnosed. People with GAD suffer from intense and persistent worry. People with separation anxiety worry that something unexpected could separate them from their attachment figure, or that their attachment figure will abandon them. Curious to learn more about the different types of anxiety? Social anxiety, social phobia, selective mutism, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post traumatic stress (PTSD) are all covered in this video..

Please do not use this video to self-diagnose. If you can relate to most of the signs, we advise you to go to a qualified medical health professional for a proper diagnosis.

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  1. I’m in college…. in middle and elementary school, teachers would tell me I was faking it for attention. My anxiety has gotten worse now because of that

  2. Wanted to see what it had to say on selective mutism, I was diagnosed with it as a kid about the age of five and I never broke it until I became 16. Though myn was to the extend where I didn't even talk to my own family.

  3. Thanks for your videos…
    Just a remark for this one: its soundtrack is very distressing, and too eclectic. Please consider to not use this style again ^^"

  4. when i had anxiety i didnt know or realize i did but now when i dont i realize that i had, wish i saw these videos a year ago :/

  5. Mmmm. Not entiiiiiirely accurate since OCD can be just as future-oriented as GAD, SAD, and specific phobias. I mean, you can have obsessions and intrusive thoughts regarding just about anything, including future events. For example, one of my main obsessions leading up to a doctor's appointment is that I'm going to feel faint, and maybe actually pass out. It stems from trauma I suffered as a college freshman. Doesn't matter if I'm the one getting examined or if I'm going in with a family member for their appointment. Doesn't matter if nothing invasive is being done. Doesn't matter if I don't feel particularly anxious anyway. I will inevitably have thoughts that go like, "You're going to pass out in the doctor's office. You're going to have a rough time. You'll get nauseous out of nowhere. It's happened before!"

    It's also important to remember that OCD compulsions can be mental: ruminating on or overanalyzing what's bothering you, reassurance-seeking, internet searches on the topic of your anxiety, etc. These are just as debilitating, repetitive, and consuming as something more visible or practical, like a counting or handwashing compulsion. They are also equally falsely reassuring: the temporary relief from anxiety you might feel by participating in them only cements you more deeply into the anxiety cycle.

  6. I think I have separation anxiety. Because my grandfather died when I was 10 years old. Then my tutor died from eating too many sweets, my dog died from cancer and old age, and my family friend died from the Coronavirus. 😢

    And since that thriller movie, Old, came out on July, I fear of losing my mom or dad or both.

  7. I have social anxiety and panic disorder and people don’t seem to understand mostly people at school,and gymnastics when I panic on a skill or get a slightly below score on a meet they just don’t understand when I’m crying it’s because of my panic attacks that I get often if I say a answer wrong stress and panic attacks stuff like that and it annoys me to death when people don’t understand that I’m struggling and I’ll often procrastinate due to the worry of walking up to the teacher to turn it in or getting a bad grade and just stuff like that sorry for my bad grammar

  8. Speaking from experience ,the instant cure for anxiety is to understand the fact that there are infinite amount of possible outcomes in this universe and our brain only thinks of a handful . A bad outcome can become the means of a good outcome in the future. Just like that a good outcome can become the means of a bad outcome. For example, you lost your job (bad thing). But then you got a new job which is better ( bad thing led to a good outcome.) It's an endless cycle. So just go with the flow and don't think about it . 😄 Goodluck.

  9. You know? I suffer from chronic anxiety since I was caught in a quake back in 2018. Now I get nervous over very small things such as power outages, connection loss or random noises or smells.

  10. I wish so much that theraphy/ medical treatments isn't so expensive in my country and that mental sickness isn't a taboo

  11. The last year i had so many panic attacks, theyre horrible, they make me feel like im gonna die or other thought that make me cry so bad. Also every time i have to speak to someone i dont know i cant f*cking talk, my body just paralyzes. I hate being around people and been watched. I wont self diagnose bc i know people really go through things that are way worse that my situation, and i wont look for help bc i know what will happen if i tell anyone.

  12. Do exercising, strengthen your body ;body building and immunity: controls your food: knows your organs limit and your emotions and with good and growth mindset, have help me against this all anxiety, that is;
    Getting robbed, environmental awareness, strong immunity beliefs(still prevent by wearing masks, equity), and all others anxiety,,,
    so rather than accepting and being in depression and hopeless mode, be thankful for what you have got in your life and make use of it. Heck, the 'too scary walking in crowded spaces' is just fine. Just walk and dont give a shit to those 'eyes' 'watching' you. Unless its school and those crowd is your peers… Hmmmm.
    Believe that you can improve yourself. Learn and just do it. Apply 20/80 rules, 10 seconds rules and anything else.

    For me though.. I Still have avoidant personality.. thus I'm already in social withdrawal long time ago, because I dont know what to say to anybody, except if its for work, and except my family, – the main problem I have now.

  13. I got diagnosed with social anxiety due to my autism, but I dealt with other anxiety that's not socially related.
    I used to have panic attacks at least once in every class from 6th grade to 12th grade because I (cannot stress this enough) HATED the sound of the bell 😫 It's a sound that means "HURRY UP!" and I'm hearing it 16-20 times a day, 5 days a week for most of a calendar year. My anxiety got so bad that I'd have panic attacks going places that weren't even school, like a grocery store or a movie theater or even another friend's house.
    Going to university worked WONDERS for my mental health ✨ I could actually relax in places other than home. I still tend to get panicky in loud, crowded places, but I've learned how to calm myself down or speak up when I'm getting overwhelmed 😌

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