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ANXIETY DISORDER: A closer look at the world's biggest mental health problem.

A clinically significant impairment in an individual's cognition, emotional regulation, or behavior defines a mental disorder. Generally accompanied by distress or impairment in critical areas of functioning. There are numerous kinds of mental diseases. Mental disorders are often known as mental health problems.

In the early years of the twenty-first century, there was a global epidemic of poor mental health and related disorders. However, while depression is the most commonly associated with mental health problems and the main cause of disability worldwide, it is not the most pressing mental health issue that people encounter.

Surprisingly, it has been anxiety that gets the undeserved honor.


Anxiety is a natural part of life. When faced with an issue at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision, you may experience anxiety. However, anxiety disorders involve more than just apprehension or terror. Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive anxiety and worry, as well as related behavioral abnormalities. Symptoms are severe enough to cause significant anguish or difficulty in functioning. These symptoms might disrupt daily activities such as work, school, and relationships.


Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with GAD are more likely to be excessively worried or frightened about multiple things, even when there is little or no reason to be concerned. GAD is characterized by a constant feeling of anxiety or dread that interferes with how you live your life.

Panic Disorder

Panic attacks are frequent and unpredictable in people with panic disorder. These attacks are distinguished by a rapid surge of panic or discomfort, as well as a sense of loss of control, even when there is no obvious danger or trigger. Not everyone who has a panic attack develops panic disorder.

Phobia-related Disorder

A phobia is a strong aversion or fear of a specific thing or event. Although being concerned in some situations is understandable, the anxiety that people with phobias experience is out of proportion to the actual risk posed by the situation or object.

Social Anxiety Disorder

The intense, continuing fear of being observed and judged by others is known as Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia). People suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder have a crippling fear of social situations. This fear may even prevent you from going to work, school, or performing other daily duties.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurring, distressing thoughts or obsessions. They repeat the same actions in an attempt to eliminate the ideas. Compulsions are those recurrent actions.


  • Financial strain

  • Family problems

  • Racial/ethnic minorities

  • Trauma

  • Relational problems


  • Insomnia/hypersomnia

  • Changes in appetite

  • Irritability/agitation

  • GI distress

  • Headaches

  • Muscle aches

  • Elevated blood pressure/heart rate


  • Psychotherapy

  • Medication management

  • Meditation

  • Exercise (i.e. walking, yoga, biking, swimming, etc.)


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