Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental disorders, yet their chronic and debilitating nature is often seriously underestimated. Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive anxiety, fear, worry, avoidance, and compulsive rituals — all of which are associated with impaired functioning or significant distress.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 31% of all adults will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. Additionally, people with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder.
Types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.