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Most people experience a certain amount of anxiety and fear in their lifetime; it is a normal part of living. For millions of Americans, however, anxieties and fears are persistent and overwhelming, and can interfere with daily life. These people suffer from anxiety disorders, a group of psychiatric disorders that can be terrifying and crippling, but are treatable. Anxiety disorders are caused by a combination of biological and environmental factors, much like physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are real, serious, and very treatable.
Fortunately, the vast majority of people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with the right professional care. Alone or in combination, psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and medication therapy are effective treatments. Some people who have an anxiety disorder also suffer from clinical depression and substance abuse.
Anxiety Disorders Overview
The anxiety disorders are identified as: