The 5 Types of Anxiety and Depression Stanford University Study.. By Hank Curci MS Math Stanford..

The 5 Types of Anxiety..

The 5 Types of Anxiety..


More precise diagnoses will make for better-tailored treatments, Stanford psychiatrists say.

By Diana Aguilera


Illustrations: Michele McCammon



Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences Leanne Williams have identified five subtypes of anxiety and depression based on symptoms and brain activity.

The Stanford-led study, published in JAMA Psychiatry in December, aims to differentiate mental illnesses so that doctors can match treatments more precisely to the symptoms they seek to alleviate.

Therapies for anxiety and depression typically include an inexact mix of counseling, medication and lifestyle changes.


The 5 Types of Anxiety And Depression

  • Tension: Defined by irritability. People feel excessively sensitive, touchy and overwhelmed. The nervous system is hypersensitive.

  • Anxious arousal:Characterized by the struggle to concentrate, retain memories or control thoughts. Physical symptoms include a racing heart, sweating and feeling stressed. Often, patients think there’s something wrong with their brain, Williams…

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