Anxiety Disorders Essay

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Anxiety Disorder Abstract This paper explains anxiety disorder, the different types of disorders, which are caused by anxiety, the causes and treatment for these disorders. This was especially interesting for me to research, because both my wife and daughter suffer from a disorder caused by anxiety. Anxiety disorder is a term that covers several different forms of a type of common psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive rumination, worrying, uneasiness, apprehension and fear about future uncertainties either based on real or imagined events, which may affect both physical and psychological health. There are numerous psychiatric and medical syndromes, which may mimic the symptoms of an anxiety disorder such as hyperthyroidism, which is frequently misdiagnosed as generalized anxiety disorder. Actual anxiety disorders seem to have a variety of psychosocial causes; and may involve a genetic predisposition. Individuals diagnosed with an anxiety disorder may be classified in one of two categories; based on whether they experience continuous or episodic symptoms. Current psychiatric diagnostic criteria recognize a wide variety of anxiety disorders. Recent surveys have found that as many as one or more of them may affect 18% of Americans and 14% of Europeans. The term anxiety covers four aspects of experiences an individual may have: mental apprehension, physical tension, physical symptoms and dissociative anxiety. Anxiety disorder is divided into generalized anxiety disorder, phobic disorder, and panic disorder; each has its own characteristics and symptoms and they require different treatment (Gelder 2005). Emotions presented in anxiety disorders range from simple nervousness to bouts of terror (Phil Barker 2003). Generalized anxiety disorder is a common, chronic disorder characterized by long-lasting anxiety that is not focused on any one object or

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