Anxiety Disorder & Anxiety Attacks: Types of Anxiety Disorders

By: Andyl James
There are more than one type of anxiety disorder. It is important to have the correct diagnosis so that you can get the appropriate treatment.

The various kinds of anxiety disorder include:

1) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

2) Panic Disorder

3) Social Phobia

4) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

5) Generalized Anxiety Disorder

6) Specific Phobia

In this article, we will focus our discussion on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Generally, people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder always engage in certain rituals in order to control their anxieties that are produced by their thoughts.

Perhaps, it will be much clearer to illustrate with an example. John suffers from OCD. He is always worried about hurting another person. He always wonders whether he has hit anyone while driving. So he always drive back to the same place to ensure that there was no accident happening.

He may know that his thought is not rational. In fact, he may know that he did not hit anyone. But his just can't control his thoughts. Just by thinking about it, he gets anxious. The only way to relive his anxiety is to drive back to the same spot to see if there is any accident.

Different OCD sufferers are obsessed with different kind of thoughts and rituals. What is described above is just one example of OCD.

It is said that around 2.2 million Americans are affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Both men and women can be affected by OCD. It is more common for people from their childhood to early adulthood. The risk is higher if there are family members who also suffer from OCD.

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