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Anxiety Disorders and Classification

Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, 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 version: 20 Nov 2008.


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


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:

Other anxiety disorders: Obsessive compulsive disorder
Reaction to severe stress and adjustment disorders:
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