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Social anxiety disorder affects more than 15 million Americans of all ages, races, and cultures, and it may be present in children as well as adults. This disorder is an intense fear of being negatively judged by others.


Those with social anxiety disorder experience an intense fear of being scrutinized and negatively evaluated by others in social or performance situations. Some literally feel sick. Physical symptoms commonly include blushing, profuse sweating, trembling, nausea or other gastrointestinal distress…

A health professional can provide a diagnosis and individualized treatment plan for social anxiety disorder. Both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication are scientifically proven effective treatments. Your therapist should be able to discuss how long it will take for you to begin to…

Adults with social anxiety disorder often feel alone and ashamed, and they may have few or no social or romantic relationships. People may have more than one anxiety disorder, as well as depression. Seek the help of a qualified health professional if you feel your anxieties are disrupting your…

PTSD is an illness that people may develop months after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, including a terrorist attack like 9/11; combat; earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster; serious auto or plane accidents; personal assault or abuse; or the…

Dr. Elspeth Bell, a licensed psychologist at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, speaks on behalf of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She describes the mental illness OCD, which stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is a serious and often debilitating…

The typical age of onset is 13 years old, but children younger than 8 or 9 can also suffer. Symptoms may be so extreme that they disrupt daily life. Children, adolescents, and teens with this disorder may have few or no friends. They may not participate in class or play at recess.


Psychologist Dr. Douglas Mennin discusses how to understand anxiety disorders.

ADAA President & CEO Jerilyn Ross and Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, discuss recognizing and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Discover when you should become concerned that you might have an anxiety disorder.


What’s the difference between stress and anxiety? Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, worried, or even anxious. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress, a feeling of apprehension or fear.


Learn about changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce stress and anxiety.


How complementary approaches to treating anxiety can be effective, including family therapy, mindfulness (acceptance), exercise, yoga, and breathing. Video produced by  

Details about how to implement cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in treating anxiety, specifically using exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments (exposure to anxiety triggers) Video produced by

A licensed clinical social worker describes how cognitive-behavioral therapy effectively treats anxiety. Video produced by  

Methods clinicians use to treat anxiety disorders: medications (psychopharmacology), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), complementary treatments. Video produced by  

Licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, and other therapists can successfully treat disabling anxiety disorders. Video produced by  

Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Scott Stossel, author of My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, presents the history and efforts to understand an affliction that is pervasive yet often misunderstood. Watch his conversation with talk show…

In "Glass People," filmmakers John Berardo and Brian Frager, USC School of Cinematic Arts, illustrate college-age anxiety and the great value of finding professional help. This short film premiered at the 2013 Anxiety and Depression Conference in La Jolla, California.