Definition of Anxiety Disorder provided by the NIMH:
"Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder."
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The classification of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR) in cludes five major types of anxiety disorders:
Understanding the Anxious Mind by Robin Marantz Henig, a contributing writer for the New York Times.
(Article published on Sept 29, 2009)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
An online resource that organizes some of the most important facts about how to treat anxiety and how to get help. It describes some methods anxiety sufferers can try themselves and also discusses various other treatment.