Anxiety Disorders (Issues That Concern You) By Brian Kennedy Number Of Pages: 112 Publication Date: 2010-03-19 ISBN-10: 0737747439 ISBN-13: 9780737747430
Everyone deals with stress and anxiety at certain times. New experiences, important tests, or moving away from home can make anyone nervous. Indeed, a certain level of anxiety is often healthy: It is the fear that tells us not to get too close to a wild animal or the edge of a cliff. But too much anxiety is unhealthy. For those with anxiety disorders, anxiety can control their lives, prevent them from functioning normally, and cause other physical symptoms. These problems have existed for thousands of years but have only recently been recognized as independent diagnoses—in 1980 the American Psychiatric Association first listed the current definitions of anxiety disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III (DSM-III). Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in America, affecting as many as 40 million people. The term "anxiety disorders" includes a wide range of conditions, but they are all characterized by extreme anxiety and mood or emotional disturbances.