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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: 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 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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