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Anxiety Disorders

The Classification of Anxiety Disorder

The Classification of Anxiety Disorder in DSm-IV and ICD-10 is broadly similar, but there are four important differences.

  • In lCD-10, anxiety disorders are divided into two named subgroups:
    (a) phobic anxiety disorder and
    (b) other anxiety disorder, which includes panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder;
  • Panic disorder is classified differently in the two schemes;
  • In DSM-IV, obsessive-compulsive disorder is classified as one of the anxiety disorders, but in lCD-10 it has a separate place in the classification;
  • ICD-10 contains a category of mixed anxiety depressive disorder, but DSM-IV does not.

Classification of anxiety disorders





Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders*


Phobic anxiety disorder






Without panic disorder

Without a history of panic disorder


With panic disorder

Panic disorder with agoraphobia


Social phobia

Social phobia


Specific phobia

Specific phobia


Other anxiety disorders



Panic disorder

Panic disorder without agoraphobia


Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder


Mixed anxiety and depressive disorder


The Common Types of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety or Panic Attacks

Anxiety or panic attacks are often caused by exaggerated and over-inflated concerns surrounding relationships and  finances.

About thirty percent of people may experience one of these attacks at some point during their lives.  Once an attack occurs, there is a good chance that there will be a recurrence.  It is important to seek treatment if the attacks occur regularly.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder usually begins in social settings such as businesses, churches, or school functions. Patients may have feelings of distress that will eventually lead to the desire for isolation and eventually complete avoidance of all social contact.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Extreme distress over common life occurrences such as family, employment or other things is known as GAD. It becomes serious when the patient can no longer function in their life as a result of the feelings they experience as a result of GAD.


Agoraphobia is a serious condition, as it will undoubtedly bear a huge negative effect on the life of the patient and in most cases, their family and friends.


Phobias are fears. Some of the most common fears that people share are the fear of flight, height, water, spiders and fear of the dark.  Somewhere in the neighborhood of one thousand phobias are diagnosable and treatable when addressed by a mental health professional.

Disclaimer: This site is for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. If you have, or suspect you have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.