Anxiety News

Anxiety is a feeling of fearful nervousness to a perceived danger. It's normal to have anxiety in the face of a threat or in other situations like speaking in public, for example. However, for millions of Americans every year, anxiety goes beyond the normal range of reactions and progresses to the point where it's debilitating. At that stage, the condition can be classified as an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders may need medical treatment. They're often, but not always, related to other physical or mental illnesses, such as alcoholism or substance abuse.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are several different types of anxiety disorders. They include panic disorder, social anxiety, separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and others. The symptoms will vary somewhat based on the type of anxiety disorder, but they do share some common characteristics. For example, each can be classified as an anxiety disorder when the fear related to it rises to an excessive, irrational level. Typically, symptoms last for several months or longer.

Causes and Treatments of Anxiety

Sometimes the cause of anxiety is very specific. For example, a stressful event -- like being in a war -- will cause post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers. Other times, however, anxiety can crop up seemingly out of nowhere. In some instances, it may be a side effect of another problem, such as dependence on alcohol, drugs or prescription medication.

The treatment of an anxiety disorder will vary somewhat based on the type of disorder a person has, but it typically begins with a diagnostic evaluation to determine the true nature of the disorder. After that, treatment usually will involve some type of anti-anxiety medication, as well as psychotherapy to help get to the root of the anxiety disorder and treat it.

SOURCES: U.S. National Institute of Mental Health

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4/19/2017
A 'Brainwave' to Help Fight PTSD

Study is preliminary, but suggests an acoustic 'feedback' technology might help some patients

4/17/2017
Just 1 in 5 Mentally Ill Women Gets Cervical Cancer Screenings

Rates of the disease tend to be higher in this group, researcher says

4/17/2017
Anxious? Distressed? You're Not Alone

And about 1 in 10 Americans who need mental health care don't have the insurance coverage, study finds

4/13/2017
'I'm Just Too Busy' -- Is Being Overworked the New Status Symbol?

New research suggests Americans equate harried lifestyles with higher social standing

4/7/2017
Who Really Needs All Those Heart Tests?

Overtreatment may lead to excess worry and worse outcomes, report says

4/6/2017
For Some, Too Much Sweat Takes Emotional Toll

Those who perspire excessively may have hyperhidrosis

3/30/2017
Climate Change May Cloud Americans' Mental Health: Report

Projected weather-related disasters will fuel anxiety, depression, psychologists' group warns

3/15/2017
Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study

30 percent of fatal opioid overdoses involved both types of meds, but number of people prescribed both has spiked

2/23/2017
Study Links Psychiatric Disorders to Stroke Risk

Mental health woes may trigger chronic fight-or-flight response, researchers suggest

2/16/2017
Dealing With Diabetes Distress

The blood sugar disease often comes with enormous mental and emotional strains, specialists say

2/13/2017
Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

Review found greater likelihood of ADHD, anxiety and depression

2/1/2017
Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study

They're also more likely to suffer depression, anxiety -- and new moms particularly vulnerable

1/27/2017
Anxiety May Lead to Unneeded Prostate Cancer Treatments

Researchers suggest that dealing with a patient's distress may lead to better choices, improve quality of life

1/26/2017
Mental Health May Affect Chances Against Cancer

Early research suggests anxiety, depression might raise risk of dying from certain malignancies

1/20/2017
Stress May Explain Digestive Issues in Kids With Autism

Elevated stress hormone levels linked to stomach problems among these children, researchers say

1/12/2017
'Stress Ball' in Your Brain May Be Key to Heart Risks

New brain-scan study helps pinpoint a neurological link between anxiety, cardiovascular disease

1/9/2017
Exercise: An Antidote for Behavioral Issues in Students?

Study found use of 'cybercycles' reduced classroom problems for kids with autism, ADHD, other concerns

12/23/2016
Managing Holiday Stress

Focus on one thing at a time and try to give back when you can, experts advise

12/23/2016
Women Chasing Holiday Perfection May Miss Signs of Heart Trouble

Stress can be damaging, so take time for yourself during the season, cardiologist advises

12/12/2016
1 in 6 U.S. Adults Takes a Psychiatric Drug: Study

Whether the medicines over-prescribed is up for debate, psychiatrists say

12/7/2016
Excess Sweating Can Be a Drenching, Wrenching Burden

People with hyperhidrosis seem to have higher rates of anxiety and depression, study finds

12/6/2016
Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

Yet many students fail to seek the help they need to deal with the stress, study finds

12/1/2016
'Magic Mushroom' Chemical Eases Cancer Patients' Despair

Hallucinogenic drug psilocybin relieved depression, anxiety quickly and lasted for months, studies found

12/1/2016
Demi Lovato Wants to Change the Face of Mental Illness

Pop star's own battle with bipolar disorder helped to inspire new photo campaign that seeks to alter stereotypes

11/28/2016
Pediatricians Can Help When Parents Divorce: Report

More than 1 million kids a year affected in the U.S., and doctors can ease the transition, group says

11/21/2016
Sexism Could Harm Men's Health: Study

Playboy attitudes and power over women linked to higher risk of mental health woes

11/18/2016
Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being

When neighbors look out for others' kids, children have better emotional health, study finds

11/8/2016
The Impact of Health Anxiety

Needlessly worrying about your health may have negative consequences on your heart, study finds.

11/7/2016
Childhood Cancer Survivors Living Longer But Not Always Better

Those treated in 1990s more likely to report pain and poor health as adults, researchers say

11/4/2016
Hypochondriacs May Worry Themselves Into Heart Trouble

Anxiety about health can boost the chances for heart disease, study suggests

10/26/2016
High Rate of Antidepressant Use After Cancer

Nearly 1 in 5 survivors taking medication for depression or anxiety years later

10/26/2016
Can Teens' Heart Rate, Blood Pressure Show Ties to Mental Ills?

Indicators of schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety might be spotted in physical at 18

10/17/2016
U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

1 in 5 emergency doctors reports waiting at least 2 days for a bed for someone who's mentally ill

10/17/2016
Foster Kids Face Higher Risk of Health Problems: Study

They were even more vulnerable than children in low-income, single-parent families

10/4/2016
Delaying Breast Reconstruction After Cancer May Raise Patients' Anxiety

Coordinating surgeries might reduce levels of distress after mastectomy for breast cancer, researchers say

10/3/2016
Worry About Job Loss May be Linked to Diabetes Risk: Study

Blood sugar disorder rate was 19 percent higher for people concerned about getting fired

9/29/2016
Knowing Their Breast Cancer Risk May Empower Teens

Greater self-esteem noted in girls with family history of disease

9/28/2016
Doctors Often Neglect Their Own Mental Health

Perceived stigma, fear of career repercussions hinder treatment, study suggests

9/27/2016
High Utility Bills Strain More Than the Budget

Study finds they can also trigger anxiety, depression in low-income families

9/13/2016
New Approach Helps Ease Teens' Stubborn Concussion Symptoms

Kids with lingering effects may need talk therapy, too, study suggests

9/9/2016
Mouse Study Hints at Which Brain Cells Trigger Fear

Finding might one day lead to better treatments for anxiety disorders

9/5/2016
Coping With College Stress

Parents can help make the transition easier for new students

8/31/2016
FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk

These drugs will now carry 'boxed warning' detailing the threat

8/30/2016
iPads Calm Surgery-Bound Kids as Well as Sedatives

Study found equal benefits in easing anxiety

8/22/2016
Unhappy at Work in Your 20s, Unhealthy in Your 40s?

How young adults feel about their careers might affect them physically, mentally by middle-age, study finds

8/12/2016
Sending Kids Off to College Doesn't Have to Be Tearful

Discuss money, expectations beforehand, then let go, experts say

8/11/2016
Infertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often Unaddressed

'We're doing a terrible job of it,' researcher says

7/13/2016
4 in 10 Americans Think Work Affects Their Health: Poll

But only half say they have access to health, wellness programs through employer

7/6/2016
Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Need for Other Meds?

In states with legal pot, pain prescriptions saw the greatest drop, study found

6/25/2016
Hovering Parents May Harm Kids

Study found too much pressure for good grades raised risk for anxiety, depression