Anxiety disorders affect approximately one in five individuals and women are 60 percent more likely to experience an anxiety disorder than men. Everyone experiences anxiety, but for some individuals the intensity and duration of this anxiety is much greater and may impair functioning. Unlike the mild worry that many people experience in response to stressful situations, individuals with anxiety disorders have intense, pervasive anxiety lasting most days, for six months or more. Anxiety disorders encompass a number of conditions, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While the specific symptoms of the individual anxiety disorders vary, they are all characterized by excessive, irrational fear.
Anxiety disorders can be managed with psychotherapy and/or medication.
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