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), anxiety disorders last
at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated.
Anxiety disorders 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 to be treated before a person will
respond to treatment for the anxiety disorder.
therapies for anxiety disorders are available, and research is
uncovering new treatments 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
treatment right away.
the symptoms of anxiety disorders,
the role of research in understanding the causes of these
learn how to obtain treatment and work with a doctor or
ways to make treatment more effective.
anxiety disorders are discussed: