The following are general descriptions of various anxiety disorders. Professional evaluation is necessary before a final diagnosis is made.


Individuals with panic disorder experience sudden rushes of intense fear or anxiety. Common symptoms during an "attack" are difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, dizziness or faintness, sweating, upset stomach, hot or cold flashes, feelings of unreality, and trembling or shaking. Also, the individual may experience a fear of dying, going crazy, or doing something uncontrolled during an attack.

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People with agoraphobia are those who fear or avoid certain places, activities, or situations due to fear of experiencing panic symptoms in those situations. Situations commonly feared include driving, crowds, stores, public transportation, bridges, traveling, and being home alone.

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Generalized anxiety is persistent anxiety that can occur in the presence or absence of stressful events. People who suffer from this disorder may experience muscle tension, inability to relax, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and disturbed sleep. These persistent feelings of tension and anxiety are associated with a tendency to worry excessively over a variety of matters.

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