Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common of all the mental disorders. 

Anxiety disorders tend to be chronic and may become quite disabling. Fortunately, they are among the most successfully treated emotional disorders in medical practice.

There are several types of anxiety disorders each with its own distinct features:

  • Panic Disorder - is characterized by repeated panic or anxiety attacks.
  • Agoraphobia - is characterized by persistent avoidance of places or situations in which one feels trapped or fears having a panic attack and/or being unable to escape from the situation.
  • Social Phobia -  is characterized by the experience of significant anxiety in certain types of social or performance situations.
  • Specific Phobia - is characterized by excessive anxiety brought on by exposure to a specific feared object or situation, often leading to avoidance behaviour. It involves a sense of dread so intense that the individual will do everything to avoid the source of their fear.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - is characterized by recurrent, intrusive, and unpleasant thoughts, images or impulses, which are referred to as obsessions.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - is a condition that occurs when an individual has survived the experience of a terrifying, often life-threatening event, such as a serious car accident or a violent attack. Persons who have survived a traumatic event may become so preoccupied with the experience that they are not able to live a normal life.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder - is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry about a number of ordinary events or activities such as work or school performance, their health or safety, or simply just the thought of making it through the day.

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