Anxiety is a common mental health concern facing many Americans today. In 1997 Thomas Huberty defined anxiety as a unique emotional state characterized by feelings of distress and tension about real or anticipated threats that may manifest in cognitive, behavioral, or physiological patterns. Anxiety can have devastating effects on individuals, as it can interfere with their learning and social and emotional development. In this entry, general information about anxiety is presented. Common features found among the anxiety disorders, types of anxiety disorders, and etiological factors underlying anxiety disorders are discussed. Prevention and intervention strategies are covered.

Components of Anxiety

Anxiety is a complex emotional state and may involve and influence multiple domains of an individual's functioning. Specifically, an individual may experience cognitive, behavioral, and physiological effects. ...

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