What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect nearly 30 percent of adults at some point in their lives.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias, Specific Phobia
  • Agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (previously called social phobia)
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

Risk Factors

The causes of anxiety disorders are currently unknown but likely involve a combination of factors including genetic, environmental, psychological and developmental. Anxiety disorders can run in families, suggesting that a combination of genes and environmental stresses can produce the disorders.

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