8 Common Types of Anxiety and Why You Should Know Yours

Having suffered with anxiety myself and spending the best part of my teenage years and well into adulthood, having no idea on what was really happening, why I was suffering so badly or what was causing my anxiety, I had to seek help. What I learnt was the cause behind the anxiety, what I didn't learn at the time was how to manage and/or overcome it.


I became a Health Coach 2 years ago and started supporting people with anxiety, and being able to draw on my own experiences was invaluable. By this time I had undertaken various courses in Psychology and read book after book and really began to truly understand the elements that fed my own anxiety. Putting what I had learnt into practice, I managed to get my anxiety under control and I am happy to say that it no longer affects my day to day life. If it does start to surface I have the tools and techniques to manage it straight away. They are so effective and have become second nature now and happen almost automatically.


Knowing how many anxiety sufferers there are out there I wanted to help those of you learn what I have learnt and the tools and techniques I use to combat my own anxiety. So I have put together a 4 week mini series to get you thinking about your type of anxiety, what triggers your anxiety, what behaviours you use to manage it, but also keep feeding it and explain what happens to you physically when anxiety/panic strikes. It was these 4 main elements that put me on the road to recovery because to understand these, for me was a huge turning point.


Whether or not you’re struggling with anxiety, this episode is a must-watch.


What are 8 Common Types of Anxiety?


  1. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Uncontrollable worries about many things. This could be different from someone else's experience of anxiety.

  2. Social Anxiety Disorder. Extreme fear of anxiety triggered by social situations - work, parties or where you have to talk to people.

  3. Panic Disorder. Regular or frequent panic attacks with no clear or concise triggers. Feel constantly afraid of having another panic attack.

  4. Phobias. Extreme fear and anxiety triggered by a situation or object. For example, spiders, flying, small spaces, etc.

  5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Anxiety that develops after experiencing something traumatic. Flashbacks and nightmares making you feel you are reliving the event.

  6. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Anxiety involving repetitive behaviours and urges.

  7. Health Anxiety. Experience obsessions, compulsions relating to health, including researching symptoms to see if you have them. This also could be related to OCD.

  8. Body Dysmorphia Disorder. Experience obsessions and compulsions relating to physical appearance.


Why You Should Know Your Anxiety Type?


It's important to discover your anxiety type as this usually determines your triggers and the behaviours you use to manage it. You may discover you fall into more than one category and that's quite normal so don't worry too much about that for now. Each type is manageable, they may just have a different set of tools and techniques that are more effective.


Week 2 of my mini series talks about triggers of anxiety. You can tune in to watch via Instagram or Facebook. Alternatively, you can sign-up for my newsletter to receive the newest updates straight in your inbox. I hope you have found the first week of this mini series informative. Please share it with a friend, colleague or anyone that you think it would benefit. Sharon


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