Anxiety Section

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue people face. In this section you will learn the causes, symptoms, treatment, and relapse prevention strategies for anxiety and anxiety disorders. You can overcome your anxiety.

Anxiety In Depth

  • Anxiety Overview

    Learn the symptoms, causes, and treatment of anxiety. Understand the different anxiety disorders.

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

    Social anxiety is the most common anxiety disorder. It is an intense fear of being criticized, judged, rejected, embarrassed, or offending others.

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

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

  • Panic Disorder

    A panic attack is an episode of intense fear or impending doom that happens 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.

  • Anxiety Treatment

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    Is the most proven treatment for anxiety and depression. CBT reduces your anxiety by helping you develop healthier ways of thinking about anxious situations and better ways of dealing with them.

  • Stress Management, Meditation and Mindfulness

    Important coping skills for letting go of anxious thoughts and reducing anxiety.

  • Antidepressant Medication

    Anxiety and depression often go together. Antidepressants are sometimes helpful in treating anxiety disorders.

  • Anti-Anxiety Medication

    The first line of anxiety treatment is usually some form of therapy. But anti-anxiety medication can be helpful when used for a short term.

  • Family Support

    Mental health issues are family issues. Family and friends need to learn what helps when supporting someone with anxiety, what doesn’t help, and the importance of taking care of oneself.

  • Anxiety Tests

    The following three tests are considered the most reliable for diagnosing an anxiety disorder. Other tests are useful for monitoring therapeutic progress once a diagnosis has been made.

  • Social Anxiety Disorder Screening Test – SPIN (pdf)

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder Screening Test – GAD7 (pdf)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Screening Test – Yale-Brown-YBOCS (pdf)

  • Links

  • Anxiety Links

    A reviewed list of organizations, agencies, self-help groups, and forums for dealing with anxiety. The most important step you can take in overcoming anxiety is reaching out and asking for help.

Last Modified: September 10, 2018