Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year, causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), an episode of anxiety can last at least 6 months and can get worse if one does not search out anxiety treatment. Such symptoms commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. In some cases, these other illnesses need treatment before a person will respond to anxiety treatment.
Effective anxiety treatment is available, and research is uncovering forms of new anxiety treatment that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives. If you think you have an anxiety disorder, you should seek information and anxiety treatment right away.
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The following disorders are discussed in this brochure:
Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but all the symptoms cluster around excessive, irrational fear and dread.