Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Symptoms | Causes | Diagnosis | Treatments Panic Disorder is a severe mental illness that is characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a panic attack is an abrupt [...]

The essential feature of separation anxiety disorder is excessive fear concerning separation from home or from the separation of an attachment figure. The anxiety one can expect with this condition will exceed that which is expected given the person’s developmental [...]

Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder found in children that is characterized by an inability to speak when asked due to fear. This mental illness typically co-exists with social anxiety and shyness. A child’s selective mutism may greatly impede on [...]

Social anxiety disorder is characterized by intense fear and worry when around other people. This condition is sometimes referred to as social phobia. Throughout this article, both terms will be used interchangeably. The overbearing fear that someone with social anxiety [...]

The essential feature of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to one or more traumatic events. In some individuals, fear-based re-experiencing, emotional, and behavioral symptoms may predominate. In other people with post traumatic [...]

Generalized anxiety disorder is a very debilitating mental illness characterized by intense irrational fear and worry that is not appropriate for the given situation. It is not uncommon for someone with this disorder to be “on edge” most of the [...]

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental illness characterized by intrusive obsessions, which then lead to compulsive behaviors. Although the individual may realize that their obsessive thoughts are irrational, they may find it very difficult if not impossible to ignore them. [...]