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What are anxiety disorders?

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Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.

Anxiety disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally.

For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. With treatment, however, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.

From: What Are Anxiety Disorders? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Psychological Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Medications.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety.”

Twin Research and Human Genetics : “Common Psychiatric Disorders and Caffeine Use, Tolerance, and Withdrawal: An Examination of Shared Genetic and Environmental Effects.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Physical Activity Reduces Stress.”

Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia (Brazil): “Effects of physical exercise on serum levels of serotonin and its metabolite in fibromyalgia: a randomized pilot study.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 12, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Medications.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety.”

Twin Research and Human Genetics : “Common Psychiatric Disorders and Caffeine Use, Tolerance, and Withdrawal: An Examination of Shared Genetic and Environmental Effects.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Physical Activity Reduces Stress.”

Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia (Brazil): “Effects of physical exercise on serum levels of serotonin and its metabolite in fibromyalgia: a randomized pilot study.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 12, 2017

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