anxiety disorder

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anxiety disorder

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

anxiety disorder

a disorder in which anxiety is the most prominent feature. The symptoms range from mild, chronic tenseness, with feelings of timidity, fatigue, apprehension, and indecisiveness, to more intense states of restlessness and irritability that may lead to aggressive acts, persistent helplessness, or withdrawal. In extreme cases, the overwhelming emotional discomfort is accompanied by physical responses, including tremor, sustained muscle tension, tachycardia, dyspnea, hypertension, increased respiration, and profuse diaphoresis. Other physical signs include changes in skin color, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, immobilization, insomnia, and changes in appetite, all occurring without identification of a known underlying organic cause. See also anxiety, anxiety attack, anxiety reaction, anxiety state, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobia, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

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.

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

Anxiety disorder

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

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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He further 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.
Patients with comorbid disorders presented with more severe symptoms than did those who had only social anxiety disorder, and they completed treatment with greater residual symptoms, though still significantly improved.
Also, about 8 percent of teens ages 13-18 are living with anxiety disorder, and symptoms can occur as early as age 6.
Washington, May 12 ( ANI ): Researchers have suggested that patients coping with chronic pain should also be evaluated for anxiety disorders.
com)-- Whether it is a phobia like a fear of flying, public speaking or spiders, or a diagnosis such as obsessive compulsive disorder, new research finds patients suffering from anxiety disorders showed the most improvement when treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in conjunction with a “transdiagnostic” approach - a model that allows therapists to apply one set of principles across anxiety disorders.
childhood-onset separation anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and specific phobias).
The company funded the maintenance-therapy study of 432 patients treated for generalized anxiety disorder, presented at a meeting of the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.
The epidemiology of generalised anxiety disorder in Europe.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is just one of several anxiety disorder, including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder (SAD), general anxiety disorder (GAD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The few studies of siblings of children with an anxiety disorder examined how the sibling relationship affects the anxious child or how the siblings interact (for example, Fox, Barrett, & Shortt, 2002; Hudson & Rapee, 2002).
The DSM-IV diagnoses reported herein, and included in the AUDADIS-IV, were alcohol- and drug-specific abuse and dependence (excluding nicotine dependence), major depression, dysthymia, mania, hypomania, panic disorder with and without agoraphobia, social phobia, specific phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder.