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Anxiety-panic disorders overview

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is believed to affect one in every 20 adults in the UK at some time in their life. Anxiety is a normal human emotion, but when panic and anxiety symptoms escalate into anxiety attacks and panic attacks, it may be an anxiety disorder. There is treatment available for anxiety and panic disorders, including medicine and psychotherapy.

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Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.



It is normal to feel anxious from time to time, but a person with an anxiety disorder has problems controlling their worries to such an extent that they interfere with everyday life.

Anxiety disorders affect around 1 in 20 people in the UK.

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