What are the types of panic disorders

Mental health
Coping with Depression and Anxiety Disorder

There are different types of anxiety disorder. The six most common anxiety disorders are as follows:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Most days, people feel anxious and concerned about a variety of things for six months or more.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Sociophobia (social anxiety disorder)

Those affected are very afraid of being criticized, exposed or humiliated. This fear also relates to everyday situations, such as speaking or eating in public, asserting yourself at work, or making small talk.


Specific phobias

A person is very afraid of a certain object or situation and tries very hard to avoid it, such as getting an injection or traveling on a plane. There are many different types of phobias.

Specific phobias

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

A person has persistent unwanted thoughts and fears or experiences from the past re-emerge that cause an anxiety disorder. Although this person recognizes the thoughts as meaningless, they often try to counteract the fear by performing certain actions or rituals. For example, a fear of pathogens can lead to people constantly washing their hands and clothes.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

People who have experienced a traumatic, i.e. very stressful event (such as war, an accident, or if they have been the victim of an attack) react in the first few weeks with very intensive changes in thinking, feeling and acting. However, this is a perfectly normal reaction to something abnormal.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur when certain symptoms do not decrease or get worse after a period of a few weeks. Symptoms include difficulty relaxing, troubled dreams or flashbacks of the event, and avoidance of anything related to the event. PTSD is diagnosed when the person has symptoms for at least a month.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Panic disorder

A person experiences panic attacks that are accompanied by intense, overwhelming, and often uncontrollable feelings of anxiety associated with various physical symptoms. During a panic attack, the person may experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, and excessive sweating. In some cases, people experience the panic attack as if they were having a heart attack or were dying. If a person has had recurring panic attacks or has lived in constant fear of having a panic attack for a month or more, then that person is considered to have panic disorder.

It is important to seek help early on. The symptoms will not go away on their own. If left untreated, they can dominate a person's life. Not only can the anxiety disorder affect the person with the disorder, but also those around them. As with depression, untreated anxiety disorder can lead to serious problems, such as problems in relationships and families, difficulty getting or keeping a job, and it can lead to drug and alcohol problems.

Panic disorder