Psih. Gabriela HUM-URSACHI & Dr. Liana DON
A person suffering from one of the anxiety disorders usually feels intense and irrational fear, as if something dreadful is about to happen. The person is not out of contact with reality; the dreadful feeling does not render the person incapable of coping with daily life. Instead, this feeling makes the person miserable. The feeling is common to the anxiety disorders and that is what brings anxiety disorders into a class (Stein, Young, 1998).
A special type of anxiety disorders is the anxiety due to a general medical condition (AGMC). This type of anxiety is judged to be a direct psychological consequence of a specific medical condition. This determination is based on history, laboratory or physical examination. Another type of anxiety is generalized anxiety disorder, characterized by exacerbated anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), shown for more days in at least 6 months, related to several events or activities (such as work or school performance). It seems very difficult for this person to control his/her worry.
Anxiety and worry are associated with 3 or more of the following 6 symptoms:
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