What is an anxiety disorder?

Overview An anxiety disorder is diagnosed when there is a clear subjective experience of anxiety. People with this disorder feel overwhelmed by anxiety that is considered irrational. The DSM-IV-TR lists six subcategories of anxiety disorders: phobias, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and acute stress disorder. What is anxiety? Anxiety …

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