anxiety disorder

noun

Definition of anxiety disorder

: any of various disorders (such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, a phobia, or generalized anxiety disorder) in which anxiety is a predominant feature

called also anxiety neurosis, anxiety state

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But for people with anxiety disorders, the sense of fear and dread can be crippling and constant. Caroline Foran, Glamour, "No, You Don’t Have to ‘Justify’ Your Anxiety," 27 Mar. 2019 About one in three Americans will have at least one anxiety disorder during the course of their lives. Andrea Petersen, Redbook, "Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?," 15 May 2017 Throughout all of this, a latent anxiety disorder sprouted, and then bloomed. Sarah Watts /, NBC News, "How 'defusing my thoughts' helped me claw my way back from debilitating anxiety," 23 Jan. 2018 Parents have been found to be more controlling with daughters than with sons — and controlling parenting is linked to a greater risk of anxiety disorders in kids. Andrea Petersen, Redbook, "Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?," 15 May 2017 And many women, even some with severe depression and anxiety disorders, simply refuse to take them while pregnant or breast-feeding. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, "Therapy for Pregnant Women With Anxiety Offers Alternative to Medication," 3 Nov. 2018 According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18% of the population. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety," 26 July 2018 The current psychiatric diagnostic manual has abandoned hypochondria as a disorder, replacing it in 2013 with two new concepts: somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder. New York Times, "A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria," 18 June 2018 And studies estimate that anywhere from 12% to 39% will have an anxiety disorder. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, "Therapy for Pregnant Women With Anxiety Offers Alternative to Medication," 3 Nov. 2018

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anxiety disorder

noun

Medical Definition of anxiety disorder

: any of various disorders (as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, a phobia, or generalized anxiety disorder) in which anxiety is a predominant feature

called also anxiety neurosis, anxiety state

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