Mental Health

Anxiety Disorders

Lesson 4


There are different types of anxiety - including panic attacks, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Anxiety means feeling worried, fearful or nervous. It's natural to be anxious - but if the feelings don't go away, get worse or have no cause, they can become a problem.

But here are some common symptoms for them all:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of dread
  • Irritability
  • Sleep and appetite problems
  • Fast breathing and heartbeat
  • Hot flushes or blushing
  • Dry mouth
  • Shaking
  • Extreme tiredness or lack of energy
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Stomach aches and sickness


Many people use self-help methods, which you can find out more about by following the link.

Talking therapy can really help too, either one-to-one or in a group. 

You can also tackle anxiety with medication, and both of these options are available on the NHS.

If you have any symptoms described above, it's a good idea to talk to your GP.