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.
View a complete list of publications about anxiety disorders.