What distinguishes moments of anxiety to an anxiety disorder? According to Australia’s Department of Health: “Anxiety becomes a disorder when it’s irrational, excessive and when it interferes with a person’s ability to function in daily life.”
The mental health charity Mind listed different types of anxiety disorders, including:
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Health anxiety
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Perinatal anxiety.
Everybody can experience symptoms of anxiety in a different way; some could feel the effects on the body, others could experience mental anxiety, and others could have both.
Physical sensations of anxiety could include a churning feeling in the stomach, lightheadedness, pins and needles, and feeling restless.