Anxiety disorder is the general term used to describe a wide range of symptoms which can cause stress and anxiety to the sufferer. Whilst many of these symptoms overlap, for ease of description we have outlined 5 of the more common anxiety disorders seen by our clinical team.
Our specialist anxiety therapist will help you to discover which disorder they are experiencing help you find the most appropriate way to deal with it.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension even when there is little to provoke it this often presents with symptoms which include recurring headaches, irritability, sweating, twitching and several others.  Some symptoms are very vague, and patients can at times present to the GP, physician or surgeon with symptoms which resemble organic disease. 

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Often characterized by recurrent unwanted thoughts and images (obsessions) and / or repetitive behaviours (compulsions), this can become a very distressing condition both for the sufferer as well as the people living and working with them. 

People experiencing OCD are often observed following particular rituals such as repetitive washing of hands, counting objects, tidying things up and aligning articles in an orderly fashion. These rituals typically provide immediate and temporary relief.

Panic disorder

Patients typically experience unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms such as chest pains, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and other symptoms that seem to simulate a heart attack.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

People with PTSD experience persistent frightening thoughts, recall unpleasant memories and feel emotionally detached, numb and anger is easily triggered.Typically, PTSD develops because of being exposed to horrific events or repeated ordeals in which grand scale physical harm is incurred or witnessed.

Soldiers who developed “shell shock” during the world wars were in fact experiencing PTSD.  Other causative triggers include violent personal assaults (mental or physical), natural disasters, accidents and other horrific events.

Social Phobia

This presents as a feeling of overwhelming anxiety in everyday social situations. In its more milder forms social phobia can be limited to just one type of situation for example the fear of public speaking. In more severe forms, people experience anxious symptoms almost anytime they are around other people. Typically symptoms include a persistent intense fear of being judged or humiliated which can get in the way of everyday activities such as work or being at school.

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