Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses plaguing adults and children today. From panic disorder and specific phobias to generalized anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, it is estimated that a full 25 percent of the population will, at some point or another, grapple with anxiety's challenges. Remarkably, although these disorders are highly manageable, only about one-third of those suffering will receive treatment.
In Anxiety Disorders, Dr. Paul Caldwell takes a compassionate and thoughtful look at the various forms of anxiety disorder. Featuring case studies, illustrations, a glossary of terms and a complete resource section, Anxiety Disorders is an important addition to Your Personal Health Series. In accessible, easy-to-understand language, Caldwell answers the following questions:
• What are the predominate types of anxiety disorders, and how do they manifest?
• What’s the difference between normal anxiety and a degree of anxiety that prevents us from leading a full life?
• Is anxiety good for us, and if so, how?
• What’s the difference between a panic attack and a phobia, and can one lead to the other?
• Do anxiety disorders affect children in different ways than adults?
• How can sufferers and their families cope?
• What medical and non-medical treatment options exist?
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