Anxiety Disorders

  • Deborah C. Beidel


The anxiety disorders are the second most common group of psychiatric disorders (after substance abuse), with 6-month prevalence rates ranging from 6.6% to 14.8% of the general adult population (Robins et al., 1984). Complaints of anxiety are common in general practitioners’ offices as well as in mental health clinics (e.g., Marsland, Wood, & Mayo, 1976). In addition, anxiety is often a component of other psychiatric disorders, such as affective disorders (Barlow, DiNardo, Vermilyea, Vermilyea, & Blanchard, 1986; Breier, Charney, & Heninger, 1984; Dealy, Ishiki, Avery, Wilson, & Dunner, 1981; Lesser et al., 1988; Uhde et al., 1985; Van Valkenberg, Akiskal, Puzantian, & Rosenthal, 1984) and substance abuse disorders (Kushner, Sher, & Beitman, 1990). Furthermore, anxiety is often only one facet of a more pervasive condition, including personality disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 1987). Given the ubiquitous nature of anxiety, it is likely that most clinicians will encounter patients seeking treatment for this disorder.


Anxiety Disorder Personality Disorder Social Phobia Panic Disorder Panic Attack 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah C. Beidel
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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