Anxiety: Types of disorders

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​Find out about the different types of anxiety disorders and how long they must exist before a diagnosis can be made.

Key points

  • There are six main types of anxiety disorders.
  • An assessment for an anxiety disorder is needed when a child's anxiety symptoms interfere with their daily activities for a certain period of time.
  • A health-care provider will only consider diagnosing generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias or social anxiety disorder if a child has experienced signs and symptoms for at least six months.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorders are no longer considered to be anxiety disorders.
Last updated: September 30th 2021