A phobia is a deep fear of a situation, such as claustrophobia, the extreme fear of being trapped in a closed space like an elevator. There are many phobias, including agoraphobia, a fear of leaving your house.

Types of Anxiety Disorders There are different classifications of anxiety disorders, which can vary in severity: panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias , post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), separation anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder. • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by an enhanced feeling of worry and apprehension that extends beyond normal anxiety and nervousness. Feeling sick for hours before or after a speech, being so worried you can’t focus on a task, and anxiety to the level of crying are all examples of GAD. • Panic disorder. This is a severe form of anxiety that causes extreme levels of panic, often over events and things that most people would not find at all distressing. Running out of a crowded grocery store because it is hard to breathe, or shaking, sweating, and hyperventilating simply by standing


Behavioral Disorders: Anxiety Disorders

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