Anxiety Disorders – Diagnosis and Treatment

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Alfred Del Valle

Anxiety Disorders - Diagnosis and Treatment

Axia College of University of Phoenix


Have you ever feel extremely worry, tense, chest pain, and/or anxious? Maybe those are the symptoms of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders vary from "feelings of uneasiness to immobilizing periods of terror" (SAMSHA'S Health, 2008). Most of us has felt fear or been afraid from time to time and the cause of those fears can be identified and they are for a short period of time (Morris and Maisto, 2002). When a person is afraid and cannot identify the causes of his or her fears, maybe is suffering from one of the anxiety disorders types (Morris and Maisto, 2002). Morris and Maisto (2002) mentioned the main anxiety disorders as, specific phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. While an individual is feeling any of the anxiety disorders symptoms, how they can be diagnosed and get treated.

A specific phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger (Morris and Maisto, 2002). Some of the more common specific phobias are centered on closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, dogs, and injuries involving blood (NIMH, 2008). Such phobias aren't just extreme fear; they are irrational fear of a particular thing. Social phobia is a subtype phobia, which characterized by having an intense, persistent, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing things that will embarrass them (Morris and Maisto, 2002). Agoraphobia is another subtype of phobia were an individual have an intense fear in different situations of our daily life such as, being in public places, of being in crowds, of being alone, and/or traveling (Morris and Maisto, 2002).

Panic disorder is another type of anxiety...