Specific Anxiety Disorders
More than 19 million adults in America are affected by anxiety disorders each year. Anxiety comes in many forms, and many specific conditions are classified as anxiety disorders. For example, a person with an anxiety disorder may suffer from:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social phobia (or social anxiety disorder)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Each of these conditions has its own distinct features, but they are all bound together by the common theme of excessive, irrational fear and dread. In addition, it's not uncommon for a person to have more than one anxiety disorder.
(For a closer look at the specific types, including a few not listed in this article, click Anxiety Disorders. This article provides an overview of what causes them, how they are treated, and what to do if you think you have one.)