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Watch videos on a variety of topics produced by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, our partners and friends.

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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.

 

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

 

Research is ongoing to learn more about OCD and to develop new types of treatment, such as deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant OCD and high-intensity radiation for people with severe OCD symptoms.

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The two types of treatment for OCD are cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, and medication. For some people, a combination may be the most effective treatment. Exposure and response prevention, or ERP, is often the most effective form of CBT.

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The essential features of adult OCD are recurrent, unwanted obsessions or compulsions that are severe enough to be time consuming; that is, they take more than one hour a day — or they cause marked distress or significant impairment in your daily life.

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Most children with OCD are diagnosed around age 10, although the disorder can strike children as young as 2 or 3. Boys are more likely to develop OCD before puberty, while girls tend to develop it during adolescence. Unlike adults, children do not always realize that their obsessions and…

Men exposed to high levels of combat are likely to experience acute stress and symptoms of PTSD. Women in the military are at high risk for exposure to traumatic events, especially during war. They are also at risk of exposure to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. Also, children with…

Effective treatment options, including medications, are available for people who are diagnosed with GAD and other anxiety disorders.

 

If you’ve worried chronically on more days than not about a variety of everyday problems for at least six months, you may receive a GAD diagnosis.

 

Learn the symptoms typical of anxiety disorders, and in particular of GAD, or generalized anxiety disorder. The symptoms of each anxiety disorder vary in different people, but they all provoke extreme fear or worry that interferes with daily life.

 

Support from family and friends is important to the recovery process, but it’s not the cure. Getting better takes hard work, mostly from the person with the disorder, and patience from everyone involved. With appropriate treatment from a mental health professional, a person can learn to manage…

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