Anxiety is generally defined as a fear or nervousness about what might happen in the future. It is really an umbrella term for a range of symptoms that can comprise a number of anxiety disorders. It is an emotional and physiological state that exists along a continuum ranging from barely any or just enough anxiety to motivate and protect to full-blown panic or phobias. Each anxiety disorder can contain different symptoms or diagnostic criteria leading to a specific diagnosis. Some common forms of anxiety are:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Specific Phobia
The good news about anxiety is that it’s very treatable. The most effective methods are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy.
The related links explain more about these individual anxiety conditions and treatments methods. Keep in mind that anxiety can also mimic other health problems so it is always best to see your internist first to rule out any medical condition.