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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As with other anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy is now the most recommended treatment method. New York Times, "A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria," 18 June 2018 All but two had anxiety disorders, so Kunian, the Patriot Care employee leading the discussion, asked how many of them had tried medical marijuana. Alyssa Giacobbe,, "Would you smoke a joint in front of your kids?," 18 June 2018 Welcome to Antisocial, the society blog for people scared of society due to crippling social anxiety disorders, but manage to leave the house and turn up anyway. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "Marvel's Luke Cage Premiere Party Was Cool and I Was Cool Too For Once," 24 June 2018 Real hallucinatory episodes, in which a person perceives sounds, images, or sometimes sensations that aren't there, are not typical symptoms of panic attacks or anxiety disorders, according to Antony. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Panic Attacks Can Make You Feel Like You're Hallucinating," 7 Mar. 2018 Münzel added that long-term noise pollution may also be linked to depression and anxiety disorders as well as problems with cognitive development in young children. Lindsey Bever,, "Why car horns, planes and sirens might be bad for your heart," 7 Feb. 2018 In addition to the genetic links between educational attainment and Alzheimer’s risk, the results link neuroticism to anorexia nervosa, anxiety disorders, MDD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Analysis of a Million-Plus Genomes Points to Blurring Lines Among Brain Disorders," 22 June 2018 Otunga says Kylee has selective mutism — an anxiety disorder when someone who is capable of speech cannot speak in particular situations or to certain people — and rarely says very many words. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "WWE Vet David Otunga Helps His Niece, 24, Secure a Heart Transplant: We Are 'Overjoyed'," 29 Mar. 2018 Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are strongly correlated with one another, as well as with major depression. The Economist, "A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche," 28 June 2018

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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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