Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are a mental disorder characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older.

There are many types of anxiety disorders. While the symptoms for each disorder are different, some general signs and symptoms include:

  • feeling very worried or anxious most of the time
  • finding it difficult to calm down
  • feeling overwhelmed or frightened by sudden feelings of intense panic/anxiety
  • experiencing recurring thoughts that cause anxiety, but may seem silly to others
  • avoiding situations or things which cause anxiety (e.g. social events or crowded places)
  • experiencing ongoing difficulties (e.g. nightmares/ flashbacks) after a traumatic event.
  • Anxiety disorders are treatable, and the vast majority of people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with professional care.
    Success of treatment varies. Some may respond to treatment after a few weeks or months, while others may need more than a year. Treatment may be complicated if people have more than one anxiety disorder or if they suffer from depression, substance abuse, or other co-existing conditions. This is why treatment must be tailored specifically for each individual.
    Although treatment is individualized, several standard approaches have proved effective. Your health care professional will use one or a combination of these treatments:
  • People can get help by going to a licensed psychologist or mental help professional.
  • There are many books and publications on the disorder but seeking a professional help is the best way.
  • Sources for this trakk were Wikipedia, e-mymind.org, and www.adaa.org

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