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anxiety disorder

Any of various psychiatric disorders in which anxiety is the primary symptom, including panic disorder and agoraphobia.
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anxiety disorder

Any of a broad range of disorders characterised by a continuous state of anxiety or fear, lasting at least a month, which are marked by constant apprehension, difficulties in concentration and heart palpitations. Anxiety disorders are attributed to a state of heightened exogenous and endogenous mental stress, anxiety and panic in response to perceived danger.
Anxiety disorders affect 10–15% of Americans and account for 1/3 of mental health costs.

Mental or physical trauma (e.g., immune response to infections, substance abuse); genetic components.

Panic attack, agoraphobia, specific phobia(s), social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, anxiety disorder associated with medical conditions, substance abuse, or NOS (not otherwise specified). Anxiety disorders can aggravate medical conditions. 

Clinical findings
Headaches, sweating, irritability, nausea, depression.
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anxiety disorder

Child psychiatry Exaggerated or inappropriate responses to the perception of internal or external dangers Psychiatry A general term that encompasses a broad range of conditions attributed to a state of heightened mental stress, anxiety and panic disorders, both exogenous and endogenous Statistics ADs affects 10–15% of Americans, and commands ±10% of the mental health bill Etiology Mental or physical trauma–eg, immune response to infections, substance abuse, genetic components Types of AD Panic attack, agoraphobia, specific phobia(s), social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, AD associated with medical conditions, substance abuse, or not otherwise specified
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Anxiety disorder

This is the experience of prolonged, excessive worry about circumstances in one's life. It disrupts daily life.
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Patient discussion about anxiety disorder

Q. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder? I've been told multiple times by multiple people (though none of them doctors) that I probably have Ausperger's syndrome, or at least suffered from it through most of my childhood. I have struggled socially a GREAT deal, and have overcome many things, though I still am socially awkward and easily confused in social situations. Conversely, I am a secretary and receptionist by trade, and seem to have most people 'fooled' when I have medication for my diagnosed medical condition. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder?

A. Well, I like to share my experience from which you find an answer. My 19 year old brother has AS, and I would not say he is at all retarded, although once people get to know him they assume that he is. His intellectual/IQ level isn't any lower than the "normal", but he definitely struggles socially, always has, always will. Hell, so do I... and I wouldn't be surprised if I have a touch of AS myself. Anyhow he is able to work, pay bills, follow commitments through, etc., He's actually very responsible…can't say that for many "normal" folk. His main quirk is that he really fixates on things...for example if his favorite TV show is "Lost", he'll talk about it and run it into the ground until he makes you absolutely hate it from overkill. Other than that he's not much different from the rest of us.

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The findings, published in the Journal of Depression and Anxiety, suggest that interventions aimed at prevention or treatment of social anxiety disorder may have an additional beneficial effect of preventing alcoholism.
Of the 650 files of active patients at the FSPC outpatient unit, 103 (15.8%) had at least one current or past anxiety disorder on record.
He said that an anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness and in the people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.
This 5-[hydroxytryptamine.sub.1a] agonist has Food and Drug Administration approval for generalized anxiety disorder in adults and is generally well tolerated.
There the total scores on GAD-7 were highly and positively correlated with other assessment scales and it had clearly discriminated patients with generalised anxiety disorder from control group.Same were reported in a Portuguese study where uni-dimensionality of GAD-7 was confirmed and convergent validity was established with Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) scores.16 Similar results were found17 in the general population of Germany, where confirmatory factor analysis revealed single factor loading identical with the original scale.
People who have social anxiety disorder may avoid or dread social situations because they are afraid of being judged, embarrassing themselves in some way or offending another person, ( according to the Mayo Clinic .
Anxiety disorders, on the other hand, manifest in palpitations, breathing difficulties, cold sweat, dizziness or light-headedness, body weakness, tremors, digestive system problems, the sense of panic or uneasiness, fears of going crazy, losing control and being seriously ill.
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The findings showed that nearly one in ten adults (10.9 per cent) with heart disease were affected by generalised anxiety disorder but women were almost twice as likely to be affected as men.