Introduction: Anxiety Disorders


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Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety disorders are more than ordinary anxiety as a symptom. The category of anxiety disorders include special phobias, social phobia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder. They are very common affecting around 19 million Americans.

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatments depend on the specific type of anxiety disorder. However, many anxiety disorders tend to be overdiagnosed by physicians, when the symptoms are actually not severe enough to warrant a full diagnosis of any anxiety disorder, and the cause is simply anxiety or general stress. Anxiety disorders may also be associated with depression, drug abuse, alcoholism, or other types of anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Disorders: Everybody knows what itís like to feel anxious -- the butterflies in your stomach before a first date, the tension you feel when your boss is angry, the way your heart pounds if youíre in danger. Anxiety rouses you to action. It gears you up to face a threatening situation. It makes you study harder for that exam, and keeps you on your toes when youíre making a speech. In general, it helps you cope.

But if you have an anxiety disorder, this normally helpful emotion can do just the opposite -- it can keep you from coping and can disrupt your daily life. Anxiety disorders arenít just a case of "nerves." They are illnesses, often related to the biological makeup and life experiences of the individual, and they frequently run in families. There are several types of anxiety disorders, each with its own distinct features. They include generalized anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 1

Researching symptoms of Anxiety Disorders: Further information about the symptoms of Anxiety Disorders is available including a list of symptoms of Anxiety Disorders, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Anxiety Disorders: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Anxiety Disorders, or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Anxiety Disorders: Various information is available about treatments available for Anxiety Disorders, current research about Anxiety Disorders treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.

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1. excerpt from Anxiety Disorders: NWHIC

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