March 06, 2015
Anxiety disorders develop when anxiety is persistent over time and causes
significant distress or impairment in functioning. They are
distinguished by the types of objects or situations that induce the
The apprehensive anticipation of future danger
or misfortune accompanied by a feeling of worry, distress, and/or
somatic symptoms of tension. The focus of anticipated danger may be
internal or external.
Characteristics of Anxiety:
(Source: Mayo Clinic)
Persistent fear, anxiety, and avoidance of a specific object or
situation that is out of proportion to the actual danger that the object
or situation poses.
Panic disorder refers to recurrent unexpected panic attacks. A panic
attack is an abrupt surge of intense fear or intense discomfort that
reaches a peak within minutes. Followed by concern about additional
attacks, and a maladaptive change in behavior related to the attacks.
Characteristics of Panic Attack:
Excessive anxiety about a number of events or activities occurring more
days than not for at least 6 months, and causes significant distress or
impairment in functioning.