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Anxiety Disorders

Fear is the emotion associated with real or perceived danger. Anxiety can be associated with the expectation that something bad will happen, remembering something bad or sometimes it just seems to be a body condition without a clear cause. Fear and anxiety are closely related and often overlap each other.

Some anxiety disorders involve fear of a specific thing or situation. These are called phobias and can vary in how specific the feared object is. So-called ‘irrational’ fears are only called phobias if they interfere with your life and you want to get rid of them. These are considered among the most psychologically treatable of all mental disorders. Social phobia is a common form of anxiety disorder.

Panic attacks are abrupt, all-absorbing episodes of frightening body sensations. They may or may not have identifiable ‘triggers’. And they may or may not be associated with a phobia.

Generalized anxiety involves uncontrollable worry. Nervousness and anticipation of something going wrong are hallmarks of this disorder.

Withdrawal from addictive drugs often causes symptoms that mimic an anxiety disorder.

At any given time, about 18% of the population exhibits an anxiety disorder.

Twenty-eight percent of us will experience an anxiety disorder in our lifetime.

At any given time, about 18% of the population exhibits an anxiety disorder.

Twenty-eight percent of us will experience an anxiety disorder in our lifetime.