Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when facing a problem at work, before an exam, or prior to making an important decision. However, anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For people with anxiety disorders, anxious feelings can interfere with daily activities, job performance, schoolwork, relationships, and other parts of life.
Learn more about common anxiety disorders and available treatment:
- Panic Disorder
A disorder that causes frequent debilitating anxiety and fear without reasonable cause.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
A disorder that causes excessive anxiety over many aspects of your life, such as work, social relationships, or financial matters.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A condition that often follows a terrifying physical or emotional event and causes the surviving person to experience persistent scary thoughts and event-related memories.
Irrational and uncontrollable fears of a very specific objects, situations, or activities. Phobias can cause you to experience tremendous fear and take extreme measures to avoid the sources of that fear.
- Adjustment Disorders
An emotional or behavioral reaction to a stressful event that is excessive.
If you think you may have an anxiety disorder, talk to your doctor.
In some cases, your doctor will need to conduct a physical evaluation to determine if your anxiety is associated with a physical illness. If anxiety is diagnosed, your doctor will work to identify all conditions that may contribute to the feelings of anxiety, including any coexisting conditions, such as depression or substance use disorder.
With proper treatment, many people with anxiety disorders lead normal, fulfilling lives. If your doctor thinks you may have an anxiety disorder, the next step is usually to refer you to a mental health professional who has specific experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating anxiety.
When selecting the right mental health professional for you, make sure you are comfortable talking with the person you select. It is important to seek help elsewhere if you are not comfortable with the selected professional. When you find a clinician you're comfortable speaking with, the two of you should collaborate on developing a plan to treat your anxiety disorder.
Treatment choices depend on the type of disorder, your personal preference, and the expert opinion of the clinician.
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