Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is an anxiety disorder different from just feeling anxious or worried?
  2. How common are anxiety disorders among older adults?
  3. What other illnesses can coexist with an anxiety disorder?
  4. What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
  5. What is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
  6. What is social phobia?
  7. What is panic disorder?
  8. What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
  9. What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?
  10. What is a phobia?
  11. Which anxiety disorders are most and least common among older adults?
  12. Does an anxiety disorder look different in an older adult compared to a young adult?
  13. Is it difficult to diagnose an anxiety disorder in older adults?
  14. What should I do if I think I have an anxiety disorder?
  15. What increases my risk for developing an anxiety disorder?
  16. What are the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
  17. What are the symptoms of social phobia?
  18. What are the symptoms of panic disorder?
  19. What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
  20. What are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?
  21. What are the symptoms of a specific phobia?
  22. How are anxiety disorders typically treated?
  23. What are the most common types of antidepressants used to treat anxiety disorders?
  24. What other types of antidepressants can help anxiety disorders?
  25. How should antidepressants be taken?
  26. What types of anti-anxiety medications are used to treat anxiety disorders?
  27. How should anti-anxiety medications be taken?
  28. Will psychotherapy help me?
  29. How can cognitive behavioral therapy help with obsessive-compulsive disorder?
  30. How can cognitive behavior therapy help with social phobia?
  31. What kinds of treatments are available for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
  32. How is exposure-based behavioral therapy used?
  33. What is being done to improve understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders in older adults?

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