Fear, Worry, and Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety disorders involve fear or worry about a range of situations, places, people, or things. They tend to revolve around fear, which can be very debilitating by itself, but anxiety disorders become particularly problematic when they result in anxious behaviors, such as avoidance, escape, rituals, and/or extreme worry. For example, if an individual has intense anxiety about interacting with new people because of a fear of looking socially awkward (i.e., the anxiety). he or she might purposefully avoid going to parties or social engagements that require meeting new people (i.e., avoidance–the anxious behavior). Anxiety disorders can present in a number of ways, including the aforementioned list at the top of the page. Click on each to learn more.