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Anxiety disorder

Disorders in which anxiety (persistent feelings of apprehension, tension, or uneasiness) is the predominant disturbance. there are five types of anxiety disorders, including: <ol> <li>Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by at least six months of a more-or-less constant state of tension or worry not related to any event. <li>Panic disorder is characterized by repeated, unprovoked attacks of anxiety or terror lasting up to 10 minutes. <li>Phobias are irrational, involuntary and overwhelming fears that lead a person to avoid common objects, events or situations, including social situations and being out in public. <li>Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by recurrent, persistent and intrusive thoughts or impulses that the person feels can be controlled by performing repetitive behaviors. <li>Post-traumatic stress disorder is severe stress lasting more than one month caused by being part of or witnessing a traumatic event. </ol>



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