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Anxiety disorders

There are a range of distinct anxiety disorders that we are able to treat at Priory, with each type causing individuals to experience different anxiety symptoms and impacting on their lives in unique ways. At Priory, our anxiety treatment experts possess extensive experience in the treatment of a range of anxiety disorders.

COVID-19: Customer Update

We are now resuming face-to-face therapy for existing patients across our network of hospitals and wellbeing centres, as well as continuing to offer this remotely for new patients. Remote therapy, along with consultant assessments, can be accessed via our Priory Connect online counselling service and through Skype.

Inpatient services are still available across our network of private healthcare hospitals, with flexible options for pre-admission assessments being offered.

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a form of anxiety that is characterised by constant worrying and an inability to relax, which prevents enjoyment and pleasure in day-to-day life. GAD can be a long-term condition that causes individuals to feel anxious about a broad variety of issues and situations as opposed to being focused on one specific event. GAD can focus on nearly anything, with sufferers worrying constantly about anything from their physical health or the possibility that they may upset people, to them not being good enough at a particular activity

Panic disorder

Panic disorder is associated with an individual experiencing repeated panic attacks. Panic attacks, which may also be referred to as anxiety attacks, are characterised by unexpected episodes of debilitating anxiety that often occur alongside distressing physical symptoms. These physical symptoms can be so severe, that it is not uncommon for first time sufferers to believe that they might die and worry that they are experiencing a heart attack, nervous breakdown or ‘going crazy’.

Over time, panic attacks can become more frequent, and the fear of suffering from a panic/anxiety attack becomes embedded, resulting in what can feel like a ‘vicious circle’. Panic disorder is also linked to a condition known as agoraphobia, which is a debilitating form of anxiety that causes individuals to experience an overwhelming fear that they will suffer a panic attack in a location where there appears to be no escape

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder, which is sometimes referred to as ‘social phobia’, is a form of anxiety that is characterised by experiencing significant distress in situations that involve interacting with, or being observed by, other people

Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety is characterised by an individual experiencing significant distress and anxiety when they are separated from a close attachment figure (such as a parent or spouse), or their home environment. Whilst separation anxiety is more common in children and young people, it is possible for this form of anxiety disorder to manifest at all stages of life.

We are also able to offer intensive treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and adjustment disorder, which are all distinct forms of anxiety. For more detailed information on these conditions and symptoms, please access the links below:

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Adjustment disorder

This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Oluwagbenga Odeyemi (MBBS, MPH, MRCPsych) in August 2021, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in August 2023. To view all Priory anxiety specialists, please click here.

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