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Anxiety disorders are quite common, affecting about 20-25 million Americans. They include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Anxiety disorders are believed to stem from a complex combination of genetic, environmental, psychological, and bodily factors. As with most illnesses, some people are more susceptible than others, and some illnesses have a higher genetic component than others. Close relatives of people with panic disorder have a 4-7 times increased risk of getting panic disorder.

Three quarters of people with anxiety disorders continue to suffer needlessly, never seeking help. But anxiety disorders are highly treatable, and the vast majority of patients get relief from their symptoms through a combination of talking therapies as well as drugs that reduce anxiety.  Click here to go to WebMD Health and read more.

Written by N Thompson, ARNP in collaboration with M Thompson, MD, Internal Medicine, Jan 2005, updated May 2005

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Anxiety video tutorial from 1 on 1 Health. Click on the "learn how anxiety affects the brain" link to view the tutorial.
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Anxiety  from the National Institute of Health  

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Prescription Drug Coverage for Mental Health - Medicare Part D This website was created by a partnership of numerous mental health organizations to create a resource that will provide essential information and answer questions about Medicare's new prescription drug benefit. Medicare Part D, will be available on January 1, 2006 , and this will mean big changes for many people receiving treatment for mental illness.

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