Glossary Term: Anxiety Disorder


An anxiety disorder is a type of mental health condition that makes the most typical of tasks difficult to navigate. Symptoms of anxiety disorders can include negative feelings, and physical indicators such as an increased heart rate and sweating. Anxiety disorders can be treated through therapy and medicated.

What are signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Symptoms include:

  • Feelings of tension, nervousness, restlessness, weakness, and/or tiredness
  • Increased heart rate
  • A sense of impending danger
  • Hyperventilation (breathing more rapidly) and physical trembling
  • Sweating
  • Trouble concentrating

What are common anxiety disorders?

The most common anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), in which a person feels anxious most days about various different things
  • Phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


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