Anxiety can manifest in different ways and there are several different types of anxiety, known as specific anxiety disorders. It's not at all necessary for you to know which type of anxiety disorder you might be experiencing (that's my job!), so don't let it hold you back from reaching out for therapy.
Anxiety is anxiety, whichever disorder it falls under, and sometimes we don't fit into a perfect box and that's fine too. The good news is that regardless of which anxiety disorder you might be experiencing, CBT is the number one recommended treatment for anxiety.
Do you excessively worry about a range of different things? People with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) find it hard to control their worry and have constant emotional and physical feelings of anxiety usually about something going wrong.
Worrying and feeling anxious
Do you worry about what others think of you and whether you've embarrassed yourself? People with social anxiety worry before, during and after social situations, and sometimes avoid social events altogether because they worry people will notice they're anxiety.
Feeling anxious in social situations
Do you get sudden attacks of anxiety and feel like you might pass out or die? People with panic disorder experience frequent panic attacks characterised by intense physical symptoms that seem to come out of the blue, and they worry about having further panic attacks.
Having regular panic attacks
Do you worry about something bad happening and it being your fault? People with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) experience unwanted intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that cause anxiety and lead to repetitive behaviours (compulsions) as a way of coping.
Distressing obsessions and compulsions