There are many different types of anxiety disorders, but some of the major ones include:
“I can’t fly. I will not walk through those plane doors. The feelings of panic are so intense when I even think of taking a holiday somewhere far away, I will not do it. What if I have a panic attack on the plane? I might die and no one will be able to help me and I won’t be able to get out.”
Michelle, aged 38.
“It has got to the stage that I can’t even drive to the shops. I am so frightened that something bad will happen. For every bump I think I have hit something. I turn the car around and go back and check and then start off again. I might get five metres down the road and think I hear something and then I have to stop and check again. Once I have checked, I calm down and tell myself it is okay. I start driving and the panic just rises. Imagine if I hit someone, or a little animal. I would rather not drive.”
Robyn, aged 54.
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