Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 10% of the adult population. These disorders fill people's lives with overwhelming anxiety and fear. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event such as a business presentation or a first date, anxiety disorders are chronic, relentless, and can grow progressively worse if not treated.
Effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and research is yielding new, improved therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives. If you think you have an anxiety disorder, you should seek information from your GP and consider the help offered. Treatment is also available here at Mind & Body.
This section of our web site will help you identify the symptoms of anxiety disorders, and explain the causes of these conditions. Effective treatments are suggested, and you should contact a therapist here or elsewhere to discuss your situation and individual needs.
The anxiety disorders discussed in this web site are ;
- panic disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- social phobia (or social anxiety disorder)
- specific phobias
- generalized anxiety disorder
Each anxiety disorder has its own distinct features, but they are all bound together by the common theme of excessive, irrational fear and dread.