Anxiety Disorders: Decade of the Brain
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1994 - Anxiety - 24 pages
Anxiey, in general, helps one to cope. It rouses a person to action and gears one up to face a threatening situation. It makes students study harder for exams, and keeps presenters on their toes when making speeches. But an anxiety disorder can prevent one from coping and can disrupt daily life. Anxiety disorders are not just a case of "nerves," they are illnesses, often related to biological makeup and life experiences of the individual, and they frequently run in families. This pamphlet was produced in order to help laypersons understand anxiety disorders, and to explain the role of research in conquering anxiety and other mental disorders. There are several types of anxiety disorders, each with its own distinct features. This brochure offers brief explanations of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder (which is sometimes accompanied by agoraphobia), specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Information on treatment and how to get help for anxiety disorders is provided, along with 11 additional sources of information. (JBJ)
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