anxiety disorder


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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Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the CDC reported that many people had signs of anxiety disorder (about 30 percent) and depressive disorder (about 23 percent) in surveys conducted from mid-April to mid-May. Chethan Sathya, Scientific American, "Pandemic-Related Gun Purchases Raise Suicide Risks," 17 June 2020 Julie Washington reports nearly 24 percent of respondents reported symptoms of major depression and 30 percent showed symptoms of anxiety disorder. cleveland, "Cleveland City Council votes to tackle racism as public health crisis: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 4, 2020," 4 June 2020 Mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common complications during pregnancy or in the first year after delivery. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "As states reopen, medical experts recommend pregnant women stay vigilant against COVID-19," 30 May 2020 Postpartum depression and the larger group of maternal mental health conditions called perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are caused by neurobiological factors and environmental stressors. Pooja Lakshmin, New York Times, "Experts Fear Increase in Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders," 27 May 2020 And in 2015 researchers led by clinical psychologist Josine Verhoeven of Amsterdam University Medical Center found that patients with an active anxiety disorder had shorter telomeres than those in remission or healthy controls. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Effective Psychological Therapy May Slow Cellular Aging," 1 Apr. 2020 In the show, a woman with an anxiety disorder seeks treatment that includes breathing exercises and lying on the snow in a bathing suit. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Who Really Shines in the Goop Glow?," 22 Jan. 2020 About 25% of Americans between the ages of 13-18 are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, which also affects1 in 20 U.S. children. cleveland, "Kiss of panic: An essay for Write About Now," 19 Nov. 2019 Diagnosed with depression, general anxiety disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and social anxiety, she’s found peace in maintaining daily rituals like sitting with her morning coffee, practicing guitar or exercising. Ilana Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, "Teletherapy, meds, meditation: How musicians with mental health issues are coping with corona anxiety," 27 Apr. 2020

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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anxiety disorder


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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