What is it?

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. Everyone can experience anxiety every once in a while. It can happen right before a big presentation, a meeting, an interview or exam. But if you struggle with feelings of anxiety that seem to overwhelm you for a period longer than six months, you could have an anxiety disorder.

Note that it’s possible to have more than one disorder. These can also develop from a medical issue that needs to be fixed. The most common risk factors of anxiety are trauma, illness, stress buildup, personality, other mental health disorders, genetics, and drugs and alcohol abuse.

What are the types and symptoms of anxiety disorder?

  • Social anxiety disorder: extreme fear of being judged by others in social situations
  • Panic disorder: recurring episodes of panic attack (anxiety, stress, overwhelming emotions you cannot control, feeling like you are suffocating)
  • Separation anxiety disorder: fear of being away from home or loved ones
  • Phobia: excessive and irrational fear of a specific object, situation, or activity