Anxiety Disorders

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive. While the person suffering may realize their anxiety is too much, they may also have difficulty controlling it and it may negatively affect their day-to-day living. There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders; collectively, they are among the most common mental disorders experienced.

The following are types of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD); obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); panic disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); social phobia (or social anxiety disorder).

Signs & Symptoms

Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated. Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance use.

  • Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but all the symptoms cluster around excessive, irrational fear and dread.

  • Cooccurring disorders may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. In many cases, treatment for both disorders is needed.

Treatment

Effective therapies for anxiety disorders are available, and research is uncovering new treatments that can help most people lead productive, fulfilling lives. If you think you have an anxiety disorder, you should seek information and treatment right away.

National Institute of Mental Health

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