Anxiety Disorders: Risk for

Anxiety disorders are the most common emotional disorders, typically commencing early in life and following a chronic course. To be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, an individual must be characterized by persistent fear, anxiety, or avoidance for 6 or more months as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). There are several types of anxiety disorders including separation anxiety, selective mutism, social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder. These anxiety disorders result from a complex interplay of many risk factors that may contribute to the onset of one or multiple anxiety disorders, including gender, age, biological and psychological factors; social learning; trauma; and cultural factors.


Most anxiety disorders occur more frequently ...

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