Anxiety Disorders

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  • Disorders characterized by an enduring feeling of apprehension, fear, or unease that disrupts everyday life. Several types of anxiety disorders, which together represent the most common psychological disorders in the United States, can be identified. (1) Phobia is characterized by an intense, irrational fear of an object or situation that that is not proportional to the object's potential. Examples of specific phobias include fears or avoidance of heights, blood, animals, and air travel. Social phobia is characterized by anxiety or fear in social situations, often involving fear of being criticized or disliked by others. Agoraphobia is characterized by a fear of being away from a safe place (typically the home) and is often associated with the fear of having a panic attack in an unfamiliar ...

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