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Anxiety Disorders and Classification

Abstract: Anxiety disorders are classified as phobic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and stress disorders.

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Anxiety Disorders and Classification

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi,postgraduate student in the department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 20 Nov 2008.

What are anxiety disorders? What types of anxiety disorders exist?


Anxiety disorders are a category of neurotic disorders with anxiety as a prominent or the prominent symptom. They are quite common (in a recent British survey 16% of the population suffer from some kind of pathological anxiety). According to the ICD-10 (international classification of diseases - 10th edition) anxiety disorders are classified as follows:

Phobic anxiety disorder:

  • Agoraphobia (with or without panic disorder)
  • Social phobias
  • Specific (isolated) phobias
Other anxiety disorders:
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Mixed anxiety and depressive disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
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