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What is Anxiety | Types of Anxiety Disorders


An overwhelming sense of worry or fear can be detrimental to your health.

Anxiety is a general term used to describe the worry and fear people experience before any number of new or challenging situations such as starting a new school or new job, taking a test, speaking in front of a group, going on a job interview, etc. Adults and even children experience anxiety at some point in their lives, but when the symptoms happen frequently, seem uncontrollable and affect daily life, the person may have an anxiety disorder.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)

Many options are available for anxiety disorders including drug treatment, counseling and awareness/calming techniques. Treatment regimens will differ depending upon the patient’s symptoms, life experience and final diagnosis but getting patients to seek treatment is often a challenge. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 40 million children and adults suffer from various anxiety disorders but only one-third will seek diagnosis and treatment.

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