Anxiety Disorders Home Page

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue people face. Some level of anxiety is normal and in fact desirable as a protection mechanism. But if your anxiety is severe enough that it’s having a significant impact on your life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. About thirty percent of people will suffer from an anxiety disorder during their life.

The goal of this section is to help you understand the causes, symptoms, treatments, and relapse prevention strategies for anxiety. A good place to begin is with an overview of anxiety before looking at specific anxiety disorders. You can overcome your anxiety.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Overview

Learn about the symptoms of anxiety, anxiety disorders, causes of anxiety, effective treatments, and the consequences of chronic anxiety.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is an intense fear of being criticized, judged, rejected, embarrassed, or offending others. Performance anxiety or stage fright are the most common examples.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder is worrying about many things most of the time. You feel on edge, restless, irritable, exhausted, and have trouble concentrating.

Panic Disorder

A panic attack is an episode of intense fear or impending doom that happens suddenly and without warning. A panic disorder is recurrent panic attacks, or a persistent fear of having another panic attack.

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is worrying about being in places or situations where escape might be difficult or embarrassing. Common examples are fear of using public transit, being in open spaces, or being in enclosed spaces.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder has two parts: obsessions are uncomfortable, intrusive and recurrent thoughts; compulsions are rituals or behavior that you have a strong urge to repeat, aimed at reducing your anxiety, but which bring only temporary relief.

Specific Phobias

A specific phobia is an overwhelming fear of an object or situation that is out of proportion to the actual danger posed. Fear of snakes or flying are common examples.

Depression

Major Depressive Disorder
Anxiety and depression often go together. Learn the symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention strategies for depression.

Tests and Tools

Treatments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a step-by-step method for identifying your negative thinking and replacing it with healthier thinking. It changes your inner dialogue and helps you overcome challenges.

Stress Management and Meditation

Stress management and meditation are being used by medicine to treat anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD. Learn how to meditate and how meditation works.

Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressants are often used to treat anxiety. Learn about the choices, benefits, side effects and guidelines for antidepressants.

Anti-Anxiety Medications

Tranquilizers and sleeping pills (benzodiazepines) are sometimes used for the short-term treatment of anxiety. But they can lead to dependence and addiction. Learn about their uses, side effects, and guidelines.

Help for the Family

Family Support

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Last Modified: August 6, 2018