Anxiety Disorders : The Common And Prevalent Of Psychiatric Disorders

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Anxiety disorders are the most common and prevalent of psychiatric disorders, yet less than 30% of individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders seek treatment (Lepine, 2002). The type of anxiety disorders are panic disorder, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (American Psychiatric Association, 2014). Studies showed that anxiety disorders afflict 15.7 million people in the United States each year at some point in their lives (Lepine, 2002).
The exact causes of anxiety are still currently unknown. Studies have shown that brain chemistry, environmental stresses and other factors are thought to play a role in the development of chronic anxiety (Lehigh Valley Health Network, 2014). However, according to University of Maryland Medical Center (2014), anxiety disorders are most likely caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Most people with these disorders seem to have a biological vulnerability to stress, making them more susceptible to environmental stimuli than the rest of the population (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2014).
Anxiety can cause stress within the family systems. People with anxiety disorders often have a family history of anxiety disorders, mood disorders or substance abuse (Lehigh Valley Health Network, 2014). When an individual suffers from anxiety, relationships between parents and children, siblings, spouses…
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