Some health disorders can be very hard to detect externally, with only a select few properly understanding the discomfort experienced by the victim. Anxiety disorders such as PTSD and OCD fall under this category and they often linger with little or no treatment. Indeed, 86% of anxiety sufferers either seek treatment that is inadequate or do not even seek treatment at all.

There is a firm distinction to be made between experiencing everyday anxiety and being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. All of us will feel anxious at various intervals, often prompted by uneasy situations such as sitting an exam, beginning a new job or trying to figure out a way to pay bills. It’s when this anxiety becomes so commonplace and extreme that it creeps into situations with no discernible danger that the presence of an anxiety disorder is probable.

The infographic below from Union Quay Medical Centre outlines some of the more common anxiety disorders, attempts to identify signs and causes of anxiety disorders and, most importantly, how anxiety problems can be overcome. If you think you suffer from an anxiety disorder, don’t let anyone – not even a doctor – convince you that it’s trivial or ‘all in the head’.