is the abnormal fear or reaction, towards any stress, which the person can
normally handle. Anxiety disorder
involves excessive worry about actual circumstances, events or conflicts.
There are many types
of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders, phobia and post-traumatic
Anyone can develop this disorder. Genes may play
a role. Stress may also contribute to the development of anxiety disorder. Most
anxiety disorders begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. They
occur slightly more often in women than in men
The patient is anxious or
apprehensive and may show signs like sweating, palpitation, dry mouth,
dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, frequent urination and difficulty in
The doctor bases the
diagnosis on the patient's report of intensity and duration of symptoms, and
the doctor's observation of the patient's attitude and behavior.
Treatment of anxiety disorder involves a
combination of medicine, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation
therapy, and certain diet and lifestyle modifications.
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. -Arthur Somers Roche