Definition: Mental problems characterized mainly by anxiety.

Anxiety Disorders were not recognized until 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association. Before this recognition, people experiencing one of these Disorders usually received a generic diagnosis of 'stress' or 'nerves'. As there was no understanding of the Disorders by the health professionals, very few people received effective treatment. Since 1980, international research has shown the severe disabilities associated with these Disorders. Most of these disabilities can be prevented with early diagnosis and effective treatment.

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Examples

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted thoughts and behaviors that makes them feel driven to do something.
  • A Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which you have repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will happen.
  • Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder, it can occur after going through extreme emotional trauma that threatened injury or death.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) ia an anxiety disorder in which a person is often worried or anxious about many things and finds this anxiety hard to control.
  • A specific phobia is an unreasonable or irrational fear related to exposure to specific objects or situations.
  • Cognitive therapy is often used to help treat anxiety disorders.


Additional Resources


  1. http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_types_symptoms_treatment.htm