Anxiety Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition

  • James D. Helsley
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)
Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental disorders in the United States. The economic burden is estimated to be nearly $50 billion annually [1]. The most common anxiety disorders are as follows:
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • Panic disorder (PD)

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Phobias/social anxiety disorder

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Acute stress disorder

  • Anxiety disorder due to a medical condition

  • Anxiety disorder induced by a substance

The exact cause of the anxiety disorders is unknown. There is, however, considerable evidence that a deep brain structure, the amygdala, is intricately involved with the development of anxiety behavior. The amygdala is thought to mediate the fear response in the brain when an individual is confronted with real or perceived danger [2]. The response of the amygdala to a threat is to create the “fight or flight” response, which includes adrenal catecho-lamine release, increased heart rate, glycogenolysis, and shunting of blood...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. Helsley
    • 1
  1. 1.West Virginia University Student Health ServiceMorgantownUSA

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