Under the anxiety disorder classification there are several different types of anxiety disorders. The more common ones that we see and treat are typically either panic disorder, which is in an anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, where someone is afraid to leave their house, and a diagnosis that is referred to as unspecified anxiety. It is important to recognize that under the single heading of anxiety disorder there are several different types delineated based on specific criteria.
But interestingly enough, with almost all anxiety disorders there will be a certain level of:
These three symptoms in particular are also symptoms that find when you're looking at depression. That's why it is so important with anxiety disorders and with depression disorder to comprehensively assess an individual, and furthermore to observe them over a period of time in order to increase the likelihood that you accurately are diagnosing them.
There are specific diagnoses, mental health diagnoses fall under axis 1. It is possible for a person to have more than one mental health diagnosis. so it would be possible to have a primary diagnosis of depression disorder NOS (not otherwise specified), but for that individual to also have a co-occurring anxiety disorder. Comprehensive assessment and observation over a reasonable amount of time is important in order to accurately diagnose an anxiety disorder. Otherwise a different disorder that may mimic the symptoms of depression, but is actually more anxiety than depression or actually more depression than anxiety.