Anxiety can be experienced in many ways. Many people feel tense, nervous or unable to relax. They might have a sense of dread or fearing the worst. Things may feel as if they are speeding up or slowing down.
Some common anxiety disorders are:
Generalised anxiety disorder – this means having regular or uncontrollable worries about many different things in your everyday life.
Social anxiety disorder (social phobia): extreme fear or anxiety triggered by social situations.
Panic disorder: regular or frequent panic attacks without a clear cause or trigger.
Phobias: an extreme fear triggered by a particular situation (e.g., flying) or object (such as spiders).
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): anxiety problems, often including flashbacks or nightmares, after going through something traumatic.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): anxiety problems involve having repetitive thoughts, behaviours or urges.
Health anxiety: obsessions and compulsions relating to illness, including researching or checking yourself for symptoms.
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD): obsessions and compulsions relating to your physical appearance.