• Distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.
  • Earnest but tense desire; eagerness: “He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work.”
  • Psychiatry. A state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some form of mental disorder.

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear. Anxiety is a worry about future events and fear is a reaction to current events. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness.

Anxiety disorders may cause loss of appetite and lack of interest in sex. Other symptoms include muscle tension, headaches and insomnia. Frequent panic attacks can cause you to fear the anxiety attacks themselves, there by increasing over all anxiety. The constant state of stress can lead to clinical depression.

Anxiety caused by medical factors, they are associated with things such as anemia, asthma, infections, and several heart conditions. Some medically related causes of anxiety include: stress from a serious medical illness.

Physical symptoms often accompany it and include restlessness, irritability, muscle tension, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping or concentrating. Most people who seek treatment for GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and other anxiety disorders see significant improvement and enjoy a better quality of life.

Stress suppresses the immune system, which makes it easier for your to get sick and harder to fight off bugs.

Adults who experience a traumatic events also can develop anxiety disorders. Stress due to illness. Having a health condition or serious illness can cause significant worry about issues such as your treatment and your future. Stress build up.

It can alert the rest of the brain that a threat is present and trigger a fear or anxiety response. Then emotional memories stored in the central part of the amygdala may play a role in anxiety disorders involving very distinct fears, such as a fears of dogs, spiders or flying.

If danger isn’t real or you’re unable to know if it is real or not or unable to control the feeling, such as generalized anxiety or anxiety related to clinical depression, the anxiety itself isn’t the problem. The anxiety is a symptom of the actual problem.

Anxiety attacks and their symptoms: Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are episodes of intense panic or fear. Anxiety attacks usually occur suddenly and without warning.

An anxiety disorder is a common mental illness defined by feelings of uneasiness, worry and fear. While anxiety occurs for everyone sometimes, a person with an anxiety disorder feels an unappropriate amount of anxiety more often than is reasonable.

A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Your heart pounds and you can’t breath. You may even feel like you’re dying or going crazy. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorders and other problems.

To help diagnose generalized anxiety disorder, your health provider may: Do a physical exam to look for signs that your anxiety may be linked to an underlying medical condition.



(Shown in Notebook 1, pages 32 – 35).