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Anxiety Disorders 

Anxiety disorders are characterized by extreme apprehension, tension, or uneasiness stemming from the anticipation of an unknown danger. They are among the most common and disabling emotional disorders, affecting millions of adults and children. Symptoms of an anxiety disorder may include overwhelming feelings of panic and fear, uncontrollable obsessive thoughts, intrusive memories, and recurring nightmares. Anxiety becomes problematic when it interferes with emotional comfort, relationships, work, and achieving goals.

Anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder | Agoraphobia
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobia
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | Acute stress disorder

Although each anxiety disorder has unique traits, most respond well to psychotherapy and medication. Alone or in combination, these treatments provide significant relief from symptoms, if not a complete cure.

Books on Anxiety Disorders

American Psychiatric Publishing (APPI), a division of the American Psychiatric Association, offers clinical references and educational resources for diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders, stress disorders, and phobias.

Diagnostic Issues in Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-VDiagnostic Issues in Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-V provides a review of recent scientific advances in our understanding of the interrelationship between major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. The editors draw a few broad conclusions and reflect on the implications of these findings for future nosologic efforts.
Textbook of Anxiety DisordersTextbook of Anxiety Disorders, Second Edition, covers the latest research on the symptoms and pathology of anxiety and provides evidence-based clinical recommendations for pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.
Stress-Induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-VStress-Induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-V summarizes current research to determine whether a specific group of stress-induced and fear-based disorders form a distinct syndrome independent from other anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.

View a complete list of publications about anxiety disorders.