Anxiety can be experienced in many ways. Many people feel tense, nervous or unable to relax. They might have a sense of dread or fearing the worst. Things may feel as if they are speeding up or slowing down.

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Some common anxiety disorders are:

Generalised anxiety disorder – this means having regular or uncontrollable worries about many different things in your everyday life.

Social anxiety disorder (social phobia): extreme fear or anxiety triggered by social situations.

Panic disorder: regular or frequent panic attacks without a clear cause or trigger.

Phobias: an extreme fear triggered by a particular situation (e.g., flying) or object (such as spiders).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): anxiety problems, often including flashbacks or nightmares, after going through something traumatic.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): anxiety problems involve having repetitive thoughts, behaviours or urges.

Health anxiety: obsessions and compulsions relating to illness, including researching or checking yourself for symptoms.

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD): obsessions and compulsions relating to your physical appearance.