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There are several different disorders that can be classified as anxiety disorders. These disorders currently affect about 19 million adults in the United States. Anxiety disorders are not just the occasional and normal feeling of panic or fright an individual may feel when encountering normal stressors such as job interviews or first dates. An individual with an anxiety disorder may experience feelings of fear and anxiety that are so intense he or she may not be able to perform normal, everyday tasks. These disorders are chronic and if not treated can become increasingly worse over time. Each disorder has it's own specific feature but all of these disorders are strung together by the irrational and excessive fear and characteristics that personify anxiety disorders.
For this section, since anxiety disorders comprise more than just one disorder, the research being conducted as well as the treatments available for anxiety disorder as a whole will be discussed in more depth at the end of the entire section. The following disorders will be outlined in this section:
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (See above separate section on PTSD)
  • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Specific Phobias
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Coexisting Conditions
It is common for an anxiety disorder to be accompanied by another anxiety disorder or another illness. Often people who have panic disorder or social phobia, for example, also experience the intense sadness and hopelessness associated with depression. Other conditions that a person can have along with an anxiety disorder include an eating disorder or alcohol or drug abuse. Any of these problems will need to be treated as well, ideally at the same time as the anxiety disorder.

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Quick Facts
Approximately 19 million people in the United States currently have a disorder that falls underneath the branch of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders encompass any of the following disorders: panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia (or social anxiety disorder), specific disorders, such as agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders are more than the fear or anxiety most individuals experience when faced with certain stressors. Anxiety disorders are characterized by extreme and irrational anxiety that can often have debilitating side effects.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is constantly supporting and running research in order to identify possible preventive and treatment disorders for the said illnesses.
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