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Anxiety Disorders Anxiety is a feeling of tension associated with a sense of threat of danger when the source of the danger is not known In comparison fear is a feeling of tension that is associated with a known source of danger I believe it is normal for us to have some mild anxiety present in our daily lives Everyday that I can think of I have some kind of anxiety though out that day Anxiety warns us and enables us to get ready for the fight or flight response However heightened anxiety is emotionally painful It disrupts a persons daily functioning Anxiety can be seen with several other emotional disorders including the following Acute Stress Disorder Panic Attack Agoraphobia Phobia Anxiety Disorder Due to Medical Condition Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorder Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder There are many characteristics associated with anxiety Frequently people with anxiety experience tightness in their chest a racing or pounding heart and a pit in their stomach Anxiety causes some people to get a headache to sweat and even make them have the urge to urinate Severe anxiety which can be described as an episode of terror is referred to as a panic attack Panic attacks can be extremely frightening People who experience panic attacks over a prolonged time period may become victims of agoraphobia which is a psychiatric disorder that is closely associated with the panic disorder Patients with Agoraphobia avoid certain places or situations such as airplanes crowded theaters a grocery store or anyplace from which escape might be difficult It is said that Agoraphobia can be so severe that it has made certain individuals housebound
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