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Anxiety-panic disorders overview

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is believed to affect around 1 in 25 people in the UK at some time in their life. Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, are estimated to affect around one in every 50 people in the UK. 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 excellent treatment for anxiety and panic disorders, including medication and psychotherapy.

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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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