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What are Anxiety Disorders?
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What are anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorder are a type of mental disorder which causes a person to become overly anxious about particular people, places, events or even objects. The person with anxiety disorder may have such debilitating symptoms that they do not have enjoyment in or quality of life.

Anxiety and fear are normal human sensations which occur at various times in life (prior to making a public speech, taking an exam, etc) which are temporary feelings that go away once the stressful or fear causing situation is over. But, a person who has anxiety disorder does not feel these feelings fleetingly, they experience fear and distress for intense and prolonged periods, for no obvious reason.

Anxiety disorders generally affect a person who has other mental disorder or physical illness (including substance or alcohol abuse). The other illness may hide symptoms or even make them worse. Sometimes the other illnesses need to be treated before the person can be treated for the anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are diagnosed through the assistance of a qualified psychologist or psychiatrist, through a series of diagnostic assessment tools (including series of questions about symptoms and feelings).

There are five types of anxiety disorders plus specific phobias:


Some facts about anxiety disorders


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  Last reviewed: 21 August 2007 || Last updated: 3 February 2009


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