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Anxiety can take shape in many different forms in our lives. It is one of the most common mental health difficulties, with 1 in 6 people experiencing it at any given time, Mental Health Ireland, 2019.

There are numerous different types of anxiety but they all fall under the same issue.

The five major types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder/ General Anxiety                                                                                                              an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    an anxiety disorder  characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

  • Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks/Anxiety Attacks
    characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, rape, sexual assault, child abuse or military combat.

  • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
    characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation - such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, or eating or drinking in front of others - or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime they are around other people.

(National Institutes of Mental Health)

All of these issues are very treatable and I work with them in my office everyday so contact to book an appointment. We can work together to manage this anxiety.

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